"This is a debut novel which just blew me away... only the second author to make me cry on a crowded commuter train."
Angorichina was my debut novel, published in 2011 by Green Sunset Books.
It was inspired by a real place, now a backpackers' hostel in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia. I stayed there for a night in 2004 whilst travelling from Alice Springs to Adelaide, down through the Red Centre.
It struck me what a different experience wanderlusting adventurers such as myself were having of the place, compared with those who had known it as a tuberculosis sanatorium in the 1930s. It felt as though the walls held history that needed to be written about.
Angorichina is a tuberculosis sanatorium nestled deep within the Flinders Ranges of South Australia. The year is 1932, and a cure for this deadly disease has yet to be found.
A group of unlikely people find themselves thrown together. It isn’t always easy to keep smiling whilst balancing precariously between the secrets and shadows of former lives. From the trenches of Gallipoli to a burning house on the Ceduna coast, everybody has got their cross to bear.When a new patient arrives from the north, life at the station is set to change. Laura’s straightforward presence shakes the foundations of unwritten rules. Sullen Charlotte finds herself reluctant to relinquish her prejudice towards the girl, whilst Joe is confounded by the young woman’s uncanny understanding of the male mind. It is Heath who falls hardest for her, blindly trusting the one person he knows least about. Sean, a man careless of anyone’s feelings, finds himself surprisingly concerned for his young friend.At the mercy of the conceited Dr. Hegarty and the crude medical apparatus of the time, each patient must confront their own past whilst looking to an uncertain future.Angorichina is a story about the extremities of human emotion, about love, loss and redemption. The friendships formed within its walls will endure a lifetime.
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