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Whisky Charlie Foxtrot

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It is less than twenty-four hours since Charlie received the phone call from his mother and in those hours his only thought has been that Whisky must not die. He must not die because he, Charlie, needs more time. He and Whisky have not been friends, have not talked or laughed together for months, years. But he has never thought it will end like this. He has always thought ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Fremantle Press
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Annabel Smith
Nov 05, 2012 Annabel Smith rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Annabel by: myself
Well I wrote this book so I'm not exactly a neutral party but for what it's worth, I'm very fond of it!
Angela M
Feb 20, 2015 Angela M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is a story about twin brothers who were close as young boys and then gradually grew apart as they became teenagers and then became estranged as adults . However , it's about more than sibling rivalry . It about jealousy, mistaken perceptions and how these things can come to shape you as an adult .

The story opens with Whiskey in a coma after an accident and Charlie pondering the fact that if his brother dies , he wouldn't have any idea about what songs his brother might have liked played at
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Aditi
“Mum used to say we were the same soul split in two and walking around on four legs. It seems unnatural being born together and then dying apart.”

----Melodie Ramone


Annabel Smith, an English writer, has penned a terrific novel, Whiskey and Charlie , that traces the life story of two identical twin brothers who were initially close and were thick as thieves, but gradually as they grew up, their strong bond of brotherhood tore apart until the day came when they couldn't stand each other. Initial
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

First published in Australia as 'Whisky, Charlie, Foxtrot' in 2012, Whiskey and Charlie is a moving and poignant novel, the story of identical twin brothers, Charlie and William (aka Whiskey) Ferns. Inseparable as children, rivals as teenagers and estranged as adults, their relationship is unresolved when William is badly injured in a freak accident. As Whiskey lies comatose, Charlie struggles to deal with all the things that remain unsaid between them.

"He must not die.He must not die because he
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Lisa
Sep 16, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
I’m not sure about the choice of cover art for Annabel Smith’s superb new novel: it doesn’t seem quite apt to me. Whisky Charlie Foxtrot is a wise and compassionate exploration of sibling rivalry and the damage it can do, and while there are comic elements in the novel, it takes the reader on an emotional roller-coaster ride that brought me to the brink of tears at times.

Charlie and ‘Whisky’ are identical twins, but we never learn Whisky’s point-of-view because he’s in a coma after a freak accid
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Barbara
3.5 stars: “Whiskey & Charlie” is an interesting story about identical twins and sibling rivalry. Whiskey was born first, which matters to those twins! Being two minutes older establishes birth order. Whiskey has always been more social, while Charlie is reticent and careful. This is a story of the brothers’ lives as perceived by Charlie.

Author Annabel Smith uses an interesting technique in heading her chapters based upon the radio alphabet: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo etc. It’s clev
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Wayward Fancy
Aug 01, 2013 Wayward Fancy rated it it was ok
Shelves: aww-challenge
Whisky Charlie Foxtrot, by Annabel Smith is a novel about identical twins Charlie and William Ferns. Significantly, the unfolding tale is built around a chapter structure that follows the phonetic alphabet- alpha bravo Charlie delta echo etc - a code the boys used with their walkie talkies when they were 9 years old and the origin of William’s nickname, “Whisky”. The chapters are essentially vignettes from Charlie’s point of view, from childhood to adulthood, from the UK to Australia. Interspers ...more
Jenny Schwartz
Oct 12, 2012 Jenny Schwartz rated it it was amazing
Whisky Charlie Foxtrot is a love story, beautifully written and elegantly crafted. It made me cry. Charlie is a wonderful, vulnerable, flawed character. He is a hero on a journey, travelling both forward and backward as his brother lies in a coma.

Comas seem such a cliched soap opera device, but Annabel Smith uses the dramatic halt of Whisky's coma as an effective balance to Charlie's emotional journey. The turmoil has a still point.

The characters are well developed, each with their own motivatio
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Natasha Lester
Jan 17, 2013 Natasha Lester rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I love it when an author pulls off a trick that really shouldn't work. Who would think of writing a novel that is structured around the phonetic alphabet? And, more importantly, who would think that it could work? In this book, it does. What's more, the structure adds to the story - it allows the author to provide us with small moments or vignettes that stand in for larger pieces of the story, or for significant revelations about the characters' motivations. The brothers' relationship is delicat ...more
Jodie How
Aug 10, 2014 Jodie How rated it really liked it
What a fantastic book! There are many from this genre (realism) that I've not enjoyed at all but this was brilliant! I love its sincerity and poignancy, it's depth of emotion and well-rounded plot. Well done Annabel, a great read! A book I couldn't get my nose out of!
Garry
Mar 15, 2013 Garry rated it it was amazing
Charlie and Whisky are twins. Inseparable as young children, they grow further apart as they get older. Their relationship has its natural ebbs and flows, but eventually they find themselves estranged. It is at this point that Whisky is hit by a car. Charlie is forced to work through his feelings as his brother lies in a coma, and it is this journey that forms the heart of the novel.

I loved this book. I have imposed a rule on myself that I am only allowed to have 12 books on my Favorites shelf a
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Louise
Aug 17, 2013 Louise rated it really liked it
I recently finished Annabel Smith‘s second novel, Whisky Charlie Foxtrot (Fremantle Press 2012). It is the story of two boys, identical twins, Charlie and Whisky, who have become estranged over the years. When Charlie gets the call that Whisky has had an accident and is in a coma, he realises he doesn’t want his brother to die.

The reader is led by Charlie through the tales of their childhood in England, and their adolescence and adulthood in Australia. It is told as flashbacks during Whisky’s co
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Mark
Nov 17, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it
I found this book very involving and difficult to put down. The story is about twins who are forced to explore their relationship when one of them is comatose after an accident. The emotions in their own relationship are intertwined with others within their family. The book is cleverly written with 26 chapters, each with a theme of the corresponding letter of the phonetic alphabet; a pattern that reveals the principal of the plot. Another great Aussie book!
Mike
Dec 29, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it
You really ache for the characters in this book, which centres on a 30+ man, Charlie, and opens with his twin brother, Whisky, in a coma. Their vexed relationship lies at the core of the story, which involves just a handful of key characters. You feel for them all, flawed as they are, especially when conflicts assail them. Is there redemption, and for whom? Read it and see. The novel is beautifully written in a plain, almost conversational style. This is a story that will linger with you.
Steve
Feb 19, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it
This was a terrific read. I found it hard to put down. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the Whisky and Charlie's school life, especially the dancing lessons. It was just like when I was at school!
Kirsten Krauth
Aug 30, 2012 Kirsten Krauth rated it really liked it
This review and interview come to you courtesy of Wild Colonial Girl blog:
http://wildcolonialgirl.wordpress.com...

Novelist Annabel Smith is a writer who kind of slipped by me. I’m not sure how this happened (but she has blogged extensively on it).

I read her first novel A New Map of the Universe earlier this year as if I was in a fever. The language is at times extraordinary. The opening scene where the lovers trace maps of stars on each other’s bodies is *sigh* so erotic, in the best shape of th
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Nancy
Jul 05, 2017 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another of those books that I'd give more than five stars to if I could. And another book that I almost stopped reading...and then it grabbed me and I couldn't put it down until I was finished!!
Hollie
Oct 27, 2012 Hollie rated it it was amazing
This review was first posted on Music, Books and Tea

Whisky Charlie Foxtrot drew me in right from the very beginning. I read this book in two sittings and loved every second of it. Family feuds are a topic that I’m very familiar with, unfortunately, and this book really hit home with me. Annabel Smith managed to tackle this subject realistically and emotionally, creating characters that I both loved and disliked all at the same time.

I spent the first half of this book feeling very sorry for Charl
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Wendy F
Mar 12, 2015 Wendy F rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I picked Whiskey & Charlie to read and review I didn’t realize that it was a book that was originally released in Australia. The synopsis alone made me pause and take a second look before snatching it up. If I had known it was an Australian book I wouldn’t have even had to pause. I don’t know what it is about authors from Australia… or what it is about me, I should say, that I fell so in love with the writing style.

There are some things in life we never feel ready for, that it’s only b
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Kathy
Dec 09, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Whiskey and Charlie by Annabel Smith is a bittersweet novel of redemption that is sure to resonate with anyone who has experienced strained family relationships. It is an introspective and sometimes heartbreaking story of twin brothers, Whiskey and Charlie, who have drifted apart over the years. When Whiskey is severely injured in an accident, Charlie faces some very hard truths as he waits for Whiskey to emerge from his coma. Grief stricken at the thought that he might never reconcile
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Heather L
This is between 3 to 4 stars. So let's just meet in the middle: 3.5. This was a touching book. Good writing, good character development. There were times I felt irritated, bored, angry and disappointed. Then the moments of happiness, charm, and love leapt off the pages and my image of the story was redeemed. But some things remain unanswered. So I'm left a little lost. Without those satisfying parts and no stone unturned, I'm compelled to rate it lower than I imagined I would.

Charlie at first se
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Emily
Jan 22, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Well, I'm going to be recommending this one to anyone who is looking for a book to discuss at their book club this month.

Charlie Ferns and his twin brother Whisky (William) have been through a lot together. They've grown up as two sides of the same coin- but in Charlie's eyes Whisky has always been the twin who has been better off. Older, taller, cooler, Whisky is both the object of Charlie's admiration and his scorn. And as Whisky spends the better part of the novel in a coma, Charlie's world
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Sandy
Feb 06, 2015 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Annabel Smith explores sibling rivalry and jealousy and other family dynamics in Whiskey and Charlie. I was concerned that her choice to frame the novel around the phonetic alphabet (alpha, bravo, charlie, delta, etc) as chapter titles might become contrived. But, on the contrary, I found myself looking forward to how she would incorporate the next word into the developing story and felt the technique underscored the closeness of the two twin brothers when they were young and inseparable and use ...more
Emma
Oct 20, 2012 Emma rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.
Seriously.
It was well written and face paced without being confusing and/or all over the place as with some non linear books.
I enjoyed reading this book and couldn't stop turning the pages to see what came next. Annabel Smith manages to tackle difficult subjects and situations realistically and emotionally, creating characters that I both loved and hated all at the same time.

Charlie, Whisky, Foxtrot made me feel every emotion from Alpha to Zulu. It made me angry, sad, frustr
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Victoria
Nov 01, 2016 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did this book a disservice. I kept misplacing it, setting it aside for something else, putting it off until I read something on a "deadline." But, as I do, I finally committed myself to read the darn thing. I was well into it--well!--when I realized what I was reading: an emotional tale of communication, or the heart-gripping lack of it. Then I couldn't let go. I try to act like I have it together but too often I recognized myself in these characters, especially Charlie. Charlie, who won't go ...more
Lara Hogan
The story itself had potential, but the writing was amateurish and the dialogue was awful. Most of the characters were downright boring or downright unlikable. I didn't like Charlie or Whiskey one bit and found their "difficult" relationship boring. By the end, I was so glad the book was over that I let out an audible sigh of relief. I was so bored towards the end and only finished because I'd already read two-thirds of it. I figured I should finish what I'd started! I see this book has gotten r ...more
Jenni
Jun 16, 2015 Jenni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 is my actual rating.

This was such a wonderful story. It's definitely character driven, as it's less about something happening and more about realizing what has happened and making amends. It was a beautiful family story and a heartbreaking window into what it is like to be the family of a coma patient. I had such a rollercoaster of emotions for each of the characters. This book has definitely affected me.
Mary
Jul 14, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm writing this review because my sister said I had to :-)
I read this book at her recommendation. And I'm glad I did. This book resonated on several levels for me, as a twin, as a health care provider, etc. It's beautifully written. The format using the phonetic alphabet as a tool to tell the story was clever. The main character wasn't always likable, which made him more realistic. I cried throughout the last 1/4 of the book.
Good choice, sister.
Kaylene
Nov 14, 2012 Kaylene rated it it was amazing
A very moving and 'real' story of sibling relationships and family tragedy.
Charlotte
Apr 18, 2013 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
A very capturing novel .. I found it an interested example of learned helplessness.
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Annabel Smith is the author of Whisky Charlie Foxtrot, and A New Map of the Universe, which was shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Book Awards.

She has been writer-in-residence at Katherine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre and the Fellowship of Australian Writers (WA), had short fiction and commentary published in Westerly and Southerly and holds a PhD in Writing from Edith Cowan University.

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