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A New Kind of Dreaming

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  14 reviews
A powerful mystery from award-winning author Anthony Eaton, this edition of A New Kind of Dreaming is a special reissue of a modern Australian classic
Jamie Riley has hit rock bottom. Busted for stealing cars, he’s been shipped off to serve time in Port Barren, a stinking hot town stuck between the desert and the sea. The minute Jamie arrives, he can feel something is not
Paperback, 276 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by University of Queensland Press (first published October 2001)
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Thomas Leek
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-school
4.5 stars

A New Kind of Dreaming is a very predictable Australian thriller that was amazing! Yes, I could tell things to come from the first page, but some of the things that happened were very different from what I thought. It was a great story that definitely reflects the issues Australia is going through today: refugees, child abuse and alcoholism.

Definitely a recommend!
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A New Kind of Dreaming was originally published in 2001, and recently re-released. Sometimes I find with YA novels that are ten or twenty years old, they can be appreciated for the time they were published, but they don't really measure up to modern expectations. This definitely wasn't the case with A New Kind of Dreaming - it was terrifying and original. Only one thing really dates the novel - the absence of mobile phones, which could really help out the protagonist at various points in the nov ...more
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed rereading this book. Although I have studied it at school a very long time ago, I did not remember very much of the book or how I felt when I first read it so it was nice to start again and be taken along for the ride. Jamie and Cameron's friendship was the highlight for me. It was lovely to see two boys who at first seemed so different, grow to be great friends. The scenery was described in great detail and I could imagine the heat and the struggles of the desert. I enjoyed the ...more
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
Considering this is a book we have been asked to study in class, I thought it would disappoint. This book was quite the opposite. I loved every minute of it. The descriptive language was like none I've ever seen before. In the end I predicted the outcome but that didn't make it any less enjoyable. I also love this book because it is something I can relate to. It is set in the Australian outback where I have often gone on holiday in. Beautiful gorges and spiky spinifex plants is what I'm used to ...more
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
I had to read this book for my English class last year and at first really struggled with it, but as it went on I managed to start connecting with it and get interested with it all. It is a chilling, quite creepy or eerie type book, with a hooking mystery that makes you keep reading and a twist as am ending. It really holds you on the edge of your seat at times and might even keep you up at night (not that it did to me though)
Aaliyah Rossi
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read these types of books but i had to for my English assessment (year 9) and honestly this book was very interesting the beginning gets boring a little but then the story gets better and its a very easy book to read. This book has some scary themes but the ending! wow loved it. I recommended this book if u like easy reads, thriller, and suspense books. ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
good plot
easy read
wider-reading year 10 book
Lachlan Maywood
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it

A little slow to start
An instant classic
Loved it!
Ruth Jans
Why do we love a scary story? Is it because of the thrill of the suspence, the fear we feel for a character we've come to like, or the sense of relief at the resolution of the story? Or is it all of the above?
Whatever the case, this novel is a gripping tale set in the remote north western regions of Australia. In a hostile setting due to its harsh natural environment which is enhanced by several dark and sinister characters and a supernatural undertone which seems to only significantly affect c
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I read this for school. It was okay but not the best book i have read. This book even though it deals with darker topics i fell that i would of injoyed this if it was shown to me in year 7 (12 years old) the in year 10 (15 years old)
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not at all my type of book, but I really liked this
Em Mango
Shocker. Try teaching it. Kids love it though.
Brian Sullivan
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
There is an immediate sense of Australia that you feel in the opening pages.
Jemma Grayson
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly good for school
Book! A simple, easy, enjoyable read with just enough mystery and suspense to keep you interested
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Born in Papua New Guinea in 1972, ANTHONY EATON spent an idyllic childhood growing up in the Perth hills, and on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

He attended High School and University in Perth, and studied a plethora of subjects before settling on a career in Teaching. He worked at Trinity College in Perth as a Literature and Drama teacher for eight years, during which time his first novel, 'The Darkn

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