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QBD Reviews: Khaki Town by Judy Nunn

A new drama from Australian's best historical fiction author!

Khaki Town, Judy Nunn’s exciting new novel, is inspired by a true wartime story that has remained a well-kept secret for over seventy years.

Khaki Town is the fantastic new novel from Judy Nunn, set in the north eastern town of Townsville during the second world war. It's the story of hostile race relations between the black and white American soldiers stationed in the town and features a host of both American and Australian characters who are vivid and well developed.

The A and C Companies of the 96th division of the American Army are in Townsville to build a new base and an airport, but not everyone is happy to have them there. The White Australia Policy is in full effect and the Australian government is hesitant to have Negro soldiers on Australian soil. The locals though, tough publican Val, girlfolk Betty and Jill, Aunty Edie and intrepid reporter Pete, are happy to bring the new soldiers into their lives. Tensions still arise though and when the soldiers are banned from the town, the situation explodes in a violent and deadly riot.

A fictionalised account of true events, Nunn's latest book demonstrates her amazing skill at character building. Well researched and very realistic, Khaki Town will stick with you for a long while.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Shannon, QBD Books Rockingham

Get your copy of Khaki Town in store or online here.

QBD reviews: The Wife and The Widow

Have you picked up our Book of the Month, Christian White's The Wife and the Widow, yet?

Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and the Widow is a mystery/thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband's secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside down when she's forced to confront the evidence that her husband is a murderer. But nothing on this island is quite as it seems, and only when these women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives.

What our reviewers thought:

An unsettling and shocking murder mystery set on a small island off the coast of Melbourne, where a Wife hunts for answers about the murder of her husband and discovers things are not as she thought. The twists in this novel were second to none - completely unexpected and skilfully plotted. Easily one of the best crime thrillers I have read all year. One word - Brilliant!

Tricia, QBD Books Bondi

From the author that gave us The Nowhere Child comes another thrilling masterpiece that will leave you questioning if you truly know those close to you. A widow is left unravelling the secrets her husband left behind, while a wife starts to question if her husband could in fact be a murderer. A truly incredible narrative, full of twists and turns. Another amazing Aussie crime author to watch.

Rosie, QBD Books Mandurah

Get your copy of The Wife and The Widow here.

QBD Reviews: Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris

Author Heather Morris

Happy publication day to Cilka's Journey!

The sequel to Heather Morris' International  Bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz, is available in stores from today. 

Readers  have wondered what happened to Cilka, and this book answers all their questions (and then some!)

QBD's Quick Synopsis: 

After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to Siberia. But what choice did she have? She was only a child when she arrived in Auschwitz. 

Cilka finds endless resources within herself as she daily confronts death and faces terror. And when she nurses a man called Ivan, Cilka finds that despite everything that has happened to her, there is room in her heart for love.

Some of our readers were lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Cilka's Journey. Here's what they thought: 

"The Tattooist of Auschwitz was one of my favourite books of 2018 and it was where we were first introduced to Cilka. In Heather Morris’ follow up novel, Cilka’s Journey, the war is over. This should mean freedom for Cilka but she is arrested for ‘consorting with the enemy’ and sentenced to 15 years at the Vortuka Gulag in Siberia. The conditions are inhumane and every minute is a battle for survival. Despite all this, we see the light of humanity shine through as Cilka makes friends and we are introduced to some very strong female characters. Cilka’s Story is one of unrivaled strength and a raw determination to never give up and to survive. A truly inspirational read."

Julie, Woodgrove QBD

"When I heard this book was nearing release, I began to count down the days, eagerly awaiting a story I knew would not disappoint. Continuing on from where The Tattooist of Auschwitz ended, Cilka's Journey tells of Cilka's move from accused Nazi collaborator, to Siberian prisoner for an arduous 15 years.

The challenges Cilka faces are a horribly familiar, but begin twisting into something unrecognizable as she mistakenly garners the attention of the self-proclaimed 'head prisoners'. But through her daily encounters with death and terror, Cilka meets a woman doctor, who takes her under her wing, allowing her to try aid the ill and struggling where she can.

Cilka definitely lives up to Lale's assessment as 'One of the strongest women (he has) ever known', and her inspirational story shows that even in your darkest days, there may be a little bit of room for love."

Kirsty, Geelong QBD

"Heather Morris is back with another gut-wrenching masterpiece from one of the darkest periods in human history. We follow Cilka in her journey after Auschwitz, to the Gulag in Siberia. Sentenced to fifteen years hard labour for what she was forced to do to survive Auschwitz, Cilka shivers her way through the harsh conditions, fearing what her fellow hut-mates will do when they find out her secret. Based on true events, this is an incredible story of heartache, uncertainty, and above all, survival. A must read."

Rosie, Mandurah QBD

Cilka's Journey is available in store & online now. Purchase your copy here.

We love Jamie’s VEG

Jamie Oliver is back with brilliantly easy, flavour-packed, and accessible veg recipes.

From simple suppers and family favourites to weekend dishes for sharing with friends, this book is packed full of phenomenal food.

Sharing simple tips and tricks that will excite the taste buds, this book will also give people the confidence to up their veg intake and widen their recipe repertoire, safe in the knowledge that it'll taste absolutely delicious.

'It's all about celebrating really good, tasty food that just happens to be meat-free' - Jamie Oliver

Don't miss the companion TV show- Jamie's Ultimate Veg- airing on Channel 10 tonight!

Want a sneak peek? Check out this delicious FREE recipe below!

Having trouble reading the recipe? Get the PDF version here

Don't miss this great QBD exclusive deal! On for a limited time only.

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