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Title:
The Secret World of Connie Starr
Written by:
Robbi Neal 
Read by:
Fiona Macleod 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
11 
Duration:
12 hours 45 minutes 
Published:
July 01 2022 
Available Date:
July 01 2022 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781460743522 
Genres:
Fiction; Australian Fiction; Historical Fiction; War Fiction 
Publisher:
Bolinda/HarperCollins audio 
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A stunning evocation of Australian life through the war to the 1950s, this story is intimate and sweeping, immediate and dreamlike – a magical rendering of darkness and joy, and the beauty inherent in difference.

Connie Starr was always a difficult child. Her mother knew as soon as Connie entered the world that day in Ballarat in 1934 and opened her lungs to scream, there was more chaos in the world than before and it wouldn’t leave until Connie did. But if Connie is difficult she is also different. From the safety of a branch high in her lemon tree where she speaks to angels, she sees the world for what it is – a swirling mass of beauty and darkness, of trauma and family, of love and war and truth and lies – lies that might just undo her and drive her to a desperate act. This ambitious, complex and insightful novel intertwines numerous stories of lives from before World War II and beyond, recreating with intimacy and breadth a world that is now lost to us. This audiobook is a brightly coloured patchwork quilt of everything from shoes to polio, lemon trees to rivers, death to life that melds into one beautiful, luminous work of art.

'The Secret World of Connie Starr will set the literary firmament ablaze. This brilliant, quintessentially Australian ode to difference, transcends time and place – it's an achingly lovely tale that shines long after the last page.'
Karen Brooks, author of The Good Wife of Bath

'A perfect novel, poetic, evocative and hopeful. Your heart will break and then heal for Connie Starr.'
Victoria Purman, bestselling Australian author