A Distant Shore

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Penguin Group Australia, Aug 3, 2009 - Fiction - 410 pages
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Young Katerina Vassos is full of hope and expectation when her boat pulls in to Sydney Harbour in the 1950s. She is soon devastated to learn that she's been abandoned by her mother. Together she and her father try to stay strong, but they struggle to be accepted in a strange and hostile new land.

Years on, now a beautiful and strong woman, Kate is swept into a passionate love affair, while the Vietnam War rages and protest marches fill Australian streets. In the years that follow, she comes to know both joy and tragedy.

Inspired by her own experience as a migrant, Kate becomes a legal advocate for refugees. Forced to confront questions of life and death, freedom and captivity, these choices — and one unforgettable young boy — will change her life forever. 

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User Review  - kiwifortyniner - LibraryThing

This is the story of Katerina who arrives in Australia by ship in the 50's only to be abandonded by her mother and met by a father she barely remembers. She goes through a difficult time before being ... Read full review

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Excellent book; thoroughly enjoyed my first reading of Yeldham's work. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Peter Yeldham's extensive writing career began with short stories, radio scripts and a column for a weekly magazine. He spent twenty years in England, becoming a leading screenwriter for films and television, and also wrote plays for the theatre, including the highly successful comedies Birds on the Wing and Fringe Benefits. Since returning to Australia he has won numerous awards for his miniseries, among them 1915, Captain James Cook, The Alien Years, All the Rivers Run, The Timeless Land and The Heroes. His adaptation of Bryce Courtenay's novel Jessica won a Logie Award for best mini-series. He is the author of ten novels, including Barbed Wire and Roses, The Murrumbidgee Kid, The Currency Lads, Against the Tide, Land of Dreams and A Distant Shore.

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