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This Red Earth

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
It's November 1939, another war in Europe. And Bernie Cooper is wondering what's ahead for her.

She knows Gordon Brock is going to ask her to marry him – any second now. An honest country boy about to graduate from university as a geologist, he's a good catch by anyone's standards, too. And she's going to say no.

The harsh realities of this Second World War have other plans
Paperback, 403 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by MacMillan Australia
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Alternatively narrated by both Bernadette (Bernie) Cooper and Gordon Brock, this novel started in 1939 when the onset of WW2 was very close. Bernie lived with her Mum and Dad in Coogee, Sydney, with Gordon boarding next door with Mrs Zoc, (full name Mrs Zoccini, but everyone called her Mrs Zoc). Bernie and Gordon would spend time at the beach, gazing out at Wedding Cake Island and enjoying the sunshine. Gordon was originally from Nyngan, and his Dad was still there on their property. Gordon was ...more
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Feb 16, 2014 A Reader's Heaven rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of historical fiction, fans of romance, fans of Australian fiction
I don't usually choose historical fiction or romances, but anxious to read a local author and interested about my new home, I gave it a go.

Despite my naïvete of the genre, I was enchanted by the descriptions of the landscape and society of wartime New South Wales. Kim Kelly paints a vivid picture, with details so alive that, even though I'm new to this part of the world, I felt as though I've lived here all my life.

Within the first few pages I fell in love with Bernie. I felt her struggle to ha
May 01, 2013 Geri rated it it was amazing
This Red Earth is a World War Two romantic adventure set in Australia but it’s outside the usual routine and I love that. Light and bright but with a nice depth as well. It focuses on what the war experience was like at the home front and the drought that devastated the land at that time, looking at the politics and attitudes of the time too, but it doesn’t hit you over the head with the history. Lots of interesting details I’d never read about before – about the internment camps for ...more
Mark Swivel
Jan 15, 2014 Mark Swivel rated it it was amazing
The lives and loves of this very Australian tale leap like cattle dogs off the page. The weaving of historical fact (especially on uranium and the bomb) is very clever. The tone and pacing are terrific too, no mean feat over the distance. I liked a lot of the details - the female protagonist Bernie gets the rough end of a 'squattocratic transaction' and I laughed out loud at the impish plotting that has her true love Gordie seeing Bernie's novel when he's about to pash his new belle. Sure, you ...more
Jenn McLeod
This Red Earth is a wonderful story about two people in wartime Australia, and while the author says it is fiction, the research and factual content makes this both entertaining and educational. What a very long way we have come in terms of our communications. Young people who have grown up with mobile phones etc should read this story so they can appreciate the difficulties experienced in communicating across this vast and wonderful country. I have such an appreciation for the CWA and other ...more
Jun 30, 2015 Pauleen rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying reading Kim Kellie's books and seem to unable to put them down once I start. There's lots to like about this book though I do occasionally feel the language style is more 21st century rather than of the time period but that doesn't detract from them overall. I did wonder about the ending of this one though.
Oct 31, 2014 Lizie rated it really liked it
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A romance set against the backdrop of WWII New South Wales. The hero relocates to New Guinea in search of oil, and the heroine finds herself teaching interns' children in the outback. Wartime communication systems fail to keep the couple in touch. Will they find one another again?

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Meticulously researched, very Australian, likeable characters and a really good yarn.
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Aussie Readers: This Red Earth by Kim Kelly 3 13 May 22, 2013 10:43PM  
Kim Kelly is the author of five novels and one novella about Australia, its heritage and its people that are loved by readers all over the world. Her stories shine a bright light on forgotten corners of our past and the tales of ordinary people living through extraordinary times. A striking characteristic of Kim’s writing is her ability to lead readers gently and lyrically into difficult terrain, ...more
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