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The war may be over, but the fight to belong is just beginning.

Left homeless, starving, and almost killed by the Second World War, the Saforo family are refugees fleeing Italy for a better life. The shores of Australia are calling to them and they head off, packing dreams of jobs, a home and … soccer.

But from the moment they get off the boat, adapting to the Australian way
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Paperback, 290 pages
Published August 22nd 2017 by Odyssey Books
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Ener Eknar
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A poignant story inspired by a true story that stays with you. An Italian family migrates to Australia in 1950 and struggles to settle. It was interesting to read about their early experiences, being sent to Greta Camp in NSW and then to Cairns. About a third of the way in, the story picks up the pace. From here, it was hard to put down and I was really feeling for the characters. There are a lot of themes; cultural conflicts, racism, young love and rejection, and some tough choices, especially ...more
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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Wanderers No More is the sequel to Port Of No Return, but stands successfully as a historical novel in its own right. I hadn't read the first book and didn't find myself feeling as though I was missing information although, on the strength of Wanderers No More, I have now added Port Of No Return to my TBR list. The story begins with a poignant description of the Italian Saforo family coming into sight of the Australian coast, an entirely new
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Laura
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have long awaited the sequel to Port of No Return, which I loved. And once again, author Michelle Saftich has written a story that I devoured as it brought back my own experiences growing up as an Italian Canadian with immigrant parents.

Wanderers No More begins where Port of No Return ended, with the Saforo family and their friends leaving the displacement camp in Italy after WWII and on a ship headed to Australia. Although, it's a sequel, this book can be read as a stand-alone and still be im
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Isobel Blackthorn
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stories of migrant refugees form an important part of the fabric of Australian, and indeed global society, as many many millions of us have been or are refugees, refugees of war, oppression, famine or environmental catastrophe. Port of No Return describes how a small group of families from northern Italy become refugees in World War II, and in Wanderers No More, Saftich portrays the everyday life for these families from the moment they set foot in Australia. The novels fall into the genre of fam ...more
Carla
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I fell in love with this book, it is more than just a story - it is life, a life that so many of us know. Immigrating is difficult, landing in a country where you don't speak the language, don't understand the culture, the food or the expressions but you do so in hope for a brighter future for your children and their children. Sometimes as second and third generation immigrants, we can forget exactly what our family went through to give us the life we have and I love how this book addresses that
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Cheryl
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mrs. Saftich crafts a beautiful story of a loving family, who endures hardship only to find a home. To quote Martino "They came with a suitcase and their dreams and finally brought a house. And in the land of kangaroos, amongst the hard work, the learning of a language and the sharing of cultures, they established a home. That's what it was all about."

I did not know that this was the sequel to Port of No Return. This book did not read like a sequel. This is a good thing for readers like me who h
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Leila
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This was not my typical read but I am so glad I tried it!

I loved following Martino and his family on their journey and learning about the experience, the trials and the success each family member went through.

I felt it was a little slow to start, but something about it made me keep reading – keep following the journey, knowing there was more to come.

There were parts that were nail biting; parts that had me in fear, holding my breath; suspense; romance; and sadness. A true rollercoaster of e
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Milly
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Wanderers No More a true story written by Michelle Saftich tells so well of the good, bad and ugly the Italian refugee family endured while immigrating. I felt I joined the journey from when little Martino Saforo climbed onto his fathers shoulders to watch as their boat came into port in Australia, to the very last page where Martino is grown up. It follows the Saforos family from Greta migrant camp to a north Queensland camp then down to Stafford, Queensland to another camp, then finall ...more
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Michelle Saftich is an Australian author who enjoys writing historical fiction and science fiction. She writes about migration, people's ability to adapt to changing environments and in her latest novel, The Hatch, she explores the pros and cons of having a sixth sense.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Business/Communications Degree, majoring in journalism, from the Queensland University of Technology
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