Renee Conoulty: Spirits of the Ghan by Judy Nunn


Monday, 26 October 2015

Spirits of the Ghan by Judy Nunn

Master storyteller Judy Nunn has now sold over 1 million books worldwide. In her spellbinding new bestseller she takes us on a breathtaking journey deep into the red heart of Australia.It is 2001 and as the world charges into the new Millennium, a century-old dream is about to be realised in the Red Centre of Australia: the completion of the mighty Ghan railway, a long-lived vision to create the 'backbone of the continent', a line that will finally link Adelaide with the Top End.

But construction of the final leg between Alice Springs and Darwin will not be without its complications, for much of the desert it will cross is Aboriginal land.

Hired as a negotiator, Jessica Manning must walk a delicate line to reassure the Elders their sacred sites will be protected. Will her innate understanding of the spiritual landscape, rooted in her own Arunta heritage, win their trust? It's not easy to keep the peace when Matthew Witherton and his survey team are quite literally blasting a rail corridor through the timeless land of the Never-Never.

When the paths of Jessica and Matthew finally cross, their respective cultures collide to reveal a mystery that demands attention. As they struggle against time to solve the puzzle, an ancient wrong is awakened and calls hauntingly across the vastness of the outback . . .

Hey! Here's my review.

I was wandering through my library the other day and noticed a brochure that said Judy Nunn would be visiting during her book tour to promote Spirits of the Ghan. I had read her book called Territory just before I moved to the Northern Territory and was excited to hear she had another book about the Northern territory coming out. I had a sneaky peek in NetGalley and got myself a copy.

Spirits of the Ghan is fantastic Australian fiction, spanning the generations and melding historical fiction with contemporary fiction. It gave a wonderful insight into aboriginal life, both in the outback and in the city. The spirituality of the aboriginal people gave the book a magical realism feel. The severe racism against the aboriginal people in the 1800's and the stolen generation of the 1960's were explored.

I was excited to see the town I live in mentioned early on in the book. I'm looking forward to meeting Judy in that particular town next week.

I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


  • Where: NetGalley
  • Format: ebook

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