The Year it All Ended by Kirsty Murray


The Year it All Ended by Kirsty Murray

On Tiney Flynn's seventeenth birthday, every church bell tolled as if heralding a new year, a new era. Tiney stood in the garden, purple jacaranda petals fluttering down around her. One by one, her sisters came outside to join her; first Nette, then Minna and lastly Thea. It was 11 November 1918. Armistice Day...For Tiney and her sisters, everything is about to change, but not in the way they might have imagined. Building peace is complicated; so is growing up. From tragedy to undreamt-of joy, from weddings to seances, from masked balls to riots in the streets, Tiney's world will be transformed...At the end of the war and the dawn of the Jazz Age, Tiney Flynn must face her greatest fears and begin a journey that will change her destiny...'I loved this book for its emotional intensity, for the strong, believable characters and for its accurate portrayal of a period in history so often forgotten.' Maureen McCarthy


As freedom presents Samuel with a fresh set of challenges on the battlefields, Kirsty Murray's account of the aftermath of the first world war in The Year It All Ended (Allen & Unwin GBP6.99) focuses on the troubles of an Australian family with German roots, bereaved on both sides of the conflict. Sparely told, swiftly paced and emotionally rich, it follows four sisters building their futures in a world full of surplus women. It's left to the youngest to travel to Flanders and beyond on a healing mission in a bruised and broken landscape. Geraldine Brennan, Observer

About the Author

Kirsty Murray is the author of eleven novels for children and young adults, such as Market Blues, Walking Home with Marie-Claire, the 'Children of the Wind' quartet of historical fiction, Vulture's Gate, India Dark, and The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie. Her books have won numerous awards, including the WA Premier's Award and the NSW Premier's History Award. She has been a Creative Fellow of the State Library of Victoria and an Asialink Literature Resident in South India. She lives in Melbourne in a house full of books and spooky puppets...

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256 pages
Interest Age: From 15


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Publication date

1st September 2014



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