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The Ballad of Banjo Crossing

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  18 reviews
A tender, heartwarming and utterly appealing novel about the power of community, love, loss and second chances. Jack McPhail is a man on the run from his past, a drifter who lands by accident in a sleepy outback Australian town called Banjo Crossing. Jack - almost despite himself - becomes slowly drawn into the town, its community, its characters and its concerns.He's on t ...more
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Published November 20th 2017 by 4th Estate (first published November 20th 2011)
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Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Banjo Crossing pulsed with news and activity. Everyone had an idea or knew someone who had an idea or remembered something they had read or seen on the telly. It was as though The Plains had revealed a long-invisible heart that began to pump oxygen and purpose from its trunk to its farthest extremities. Over the back fence or shop counter, in the streets and paddocks, pubs and buses: speaking face to face, using technology old and new, the people of The Plains connected.”

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Donna Derons
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
This book reminded me very much of the blueberry muffin that appears on the cover. I grant you that this is an odd analogy, but it makes perfect sense if you think about it. It was sweet, old fashioned, the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea. The kind of book that warms you, that’s just a tiny bit twee, baked in line with a traditional recipe, tasty and comforting. Some sadness, echoed in the sharp taste of blueberries, but overall a joy. The kind of book you could recommend quite ha
Nadia King
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lovely book set in a small Aussie country town. Great characters, and an interesting and entertaining story. This would be a great book for relaxing with over the holidays.
Donna McEachran
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable light read.
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Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the interest of full disclosure - I didn't expect to like this book. It's not one that I would have picked up off the shelf. I got it in a mystery box from my local bookstore, and so it went onto the TBR shelf. It didn't sound like my kind of thing though, so it sat there for a while. I only decided to read it because I wanted it off the shelf - I figured I'd try a few chapters and if I didn't like it then it could go.

But see, I guess the fates that caused me to pick that exact mystery box kn
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a giveaway from Goodreads.A man with a secret comes to town and finds the people, the place and the fight he could immerse himself in and maybe find peace. Coal mining was threatening those on the land, The farmers and their personal stories moving, sometimes to tears. A wonderful picture of a community fighting to protect their way of life- not all in agreement, but many passionate enough gave it their all . Some very colourful characters and individual dramas depicting ...more
Nicola Neil
If I had to sum up this book in one word, it would be: pleasant. It's a nice novel about (mostly) nice people in a nice country town. An easy, gentle read that carries the reader along on a wave of homely charm. ...more
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
In some ways, this is a typical romance, is so much more. Set on a small Australian town, Banjo Crossing, where everybody knows your name. Populated with interesting and caring citizens who are torn apart on the issue of whether a coal mine should be allowed in the area.
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A stranger arrives in Banjo Crossing and soon becomes part of the community, but of course he is hiding from something. It did not take me long to fall in love with the characters of Banjo Crossing and their lives. The story is a heartwarming look at country life, community spirit and love.
Tianne Shaw
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read
Now Banjo Crossing could be one of many towns around battling to avoid the coal industry. Take one out of towner who could have become noticed whilst this quaint place battles for what they know and love. Beautifully written and so glad I got an arc from giveaways to enjoy this treasure
Rebekah Conway
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
An easy, content read. Predictable but enjoyable.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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A lovely Australian novel with really likeable characters. Enjoyable rural/small town backdrop. A good one for someone who like a gentle read with some drama and romance.
Gail Wylde
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A nice read, full of colourful characters, an air of mystery all done with humour and a tear or two. I will be recommending this to friends and family.
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I struggled reading this book and decided to go to audio. Once I start listening to the book I really enjoyed it. Maybe be that says something about my reading abilities. Lol
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a gentle, warm, perceptive, funny and entertaining novel - and so moving too - at one point I found myself in tears. Tess Evans is a wonderful author, and I've enjoyed all her novels. ...more
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy of this book through goodreads giveaways.
The Ballad of Banjo Crossing has a distinctly Australian voice. It feels like a real story about a real country town. Anyone that has stopped into a country town in Australia will immediately conjure up the visual elements and feel like they know the landscape. The local characters are just what you would expect for a rural Aussie town. It is well plotted, and the undercurrent touches on issues that many rural areas
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