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Between Us (MP3)
Written by:
Clare Atkins 
Read by:
Christopher QuyenSetareh Naghoni 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
6 hours 57 minutes 
MP3 size:
306 MB 
October 01 2021 
Available Date:
October 01 2021 
Age Category:
Young Adult (13+) 
Fiction; Australian Fiction; Romance; Young Adult Fiction 
Bolinda audio 
Bolinda price
AUD$ 24.95
AUD$ 24.95

Award winning author

From award-winning author Clare Atkins comes a stunning new story about two teenagers separated by cultural differences, their parents’ expectations and 20 kilometres of barbed-wire fence.

Is it possible for two very different teenagers to fall in love despite high barbed-wire fences and a political wilderness between them? Anahita is passionate, curious and determined. She is also an Iranian asylum seeker who is only allowed out of detention to attend school. On weekdays and during school hours, she can be a ‘regular Australian girl’. Jono needs the distraction of an infatuation. In the past year his mum has walked out, he’s been dumped and his sister has moved away. Lost and depressed, Jono feels as if he’s been left behind with his Vietnamese single father, Kenny. Kenny is struggling to work out the rules in his new job, he recently started work as a guard at the Wickham Point Detention Centre. He tells Anahita to look out for Jono at school, but quickly comes to regret this, spiraling into suspicion and mistrust. Who is this girl, really? What is her story? Is she a genuine refugee or a queue jumper? As Jono and Anahita grow closer, Kenny starts snooping behind the scenes …

‘An urgent, compelling and transcendent love story of our times.’
Alice Pung, author of Unpolished Gem

‘I want everyone to read this book right now.'
Fiona Wood

‘A beautiful, raw and timely book.’
Melina Marchetta, bestselling author of Looking for Alibrandi

'This young adult audiobook, narrated by Christopher Quyen and Setareh Naghoni, is told from three points of view. A tentative friendship blossoms between two teens, one an Iranian refugee, the other an Australian. Living in a detention center and hoping for asylum, Anahita leaves the compound only for school. Jono's father, a guard at the facility, mentions his son, later regretting his initial encouragement that the boys become friends. Quyen narrates Jono's and Kenny's points of view, and Naghoni narrates Anahita's. Both narrators are of equal talent. Throughout most of the audiobook their performances have a slight tone of detachment, which befits the characters and their experiences. While noticeable, their accents have a light touch, enhancing the story rather than distracting from it.'
AudioFile Magazine