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Whisky Charlie Foxtrot

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  6,197 ratings  ·  699 reviews
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
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Published November 1st 2012 by Fremantle Press
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Annabel Smith
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
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! ...more
Angela M (On a little break)

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
“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
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
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 clever i
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: c21st, australia, 12review
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
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book! Well-drawn down-to-earth characters who are totally relatable. I loved the personal and interpersonal turmoil Charlie experienced, so real and believable! This book will stick in my mind for quite a while, I’m sure!
Julianne Negri
Aug 01, 2013 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 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
Natasha Lester
Jan 17, 2013 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
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.
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
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lit
What first felt like something light, comparable to a Nick Hornby perhaps, morphs in to something more as Annabel Smith brings to life a weak, confused, scared, and extremely human protagonist that won't be easy for everyone to witness. There's so much of the everyday man on the street in Charlie's flaws and his inability to communicate that it might make for difficult reading for some - the acknowledgements refer to one early reader asking why he is such a dick for example - and perhaps we're s ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whiskey and Charlie was highly recommended to me by a friend. This book will not disappoint any reader. It is a well written novel about relationships, love, loss, searching for self and so many more issues. 5 stars for this emotional, thought provoking novel. Do not take today for granted!
Mar 15, 2013 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
You know what? I really liked this book! Didn’t think I would, was wrong. The author uses the phonetic alphabet as a means to divide the chapters, and while gimmicks usually turn me off, in this case they worked out pretty well, from Alpha to Zulu. The story delves into sibling rivalry, envy, regret, dealing with tragedy and grief, and destroying/rebuilding relationships. Identical twin brothers are at the heart of the story, one comatose, the other regretful for their long-term estrangement. I ...more
Aug 17, 2013 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
Nov 17, 2012 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!
Dec 29, 2012 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.
Jeniece Goellner
A wonderful book about twin boys who had drifted apart over years. But an accident bring them and their families back together again. The author used the phonetic alphabet not only as chapter titles, but as a device to drive the story. I enjoyed this, always wondering how the word would fit into the story. With characters that you care for and want to go on a journey with, Whiskey & Charlie ended up being a delightful read that I am sure to reread many times over the years.
Jodie How
Aug 10, 2014 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! ...more
Kirsten Krauth
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review and interview come to you courtesy of Wild Colonial Girl blog:

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
Aug 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family-saga, dick-lit
First things first, the cover kills me with its cuteness! I just can't take the adorable picture. Also, the title is pretty damn awesome too. Kudos to the people behind the cover and title. But, the book is definitely a tear jerker. I cried a few times. More from being touched than being devastated. Anyone with a sibling can relate to this story. I'm sure it especially resonates with twins. I could really relate having a look alike sister. People ask if we're twins and constantly compare us. I a ...more
Baylee Klingler
I just couldn’t get into this book. I skimmed a lot of it, it seemed so repetitive.
Jul 05, 2017 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!! ...more
Oct 27, 2012 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
Wendy F
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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 by
Suzanne Crane
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is outstanding. The characters are compelling, relatable and lovable despite their sizable flaws, The writing is easy to follow, yet I found myself indulging on an extremely well written phrase now and again. The story is at times funny and tragic; we get to spend time with this moderately dysfunctional family while they move through considerable grief in a way that is raw and painful, which provides the context and perspective we need to celebrate the little things with them. It slowl ...more
Dec 09, 2014 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
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
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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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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