By Toni Jordan
Multi-generational story about two families and the love affair that brings them together, told in the voices of nine people and the day that changes their life forever.
The tiniest things - a coin, a pendant, a photograph, a lie - can make or ruin lives.
It is 1939. Deep in the working-class Melbourne suburb of Richmond Kip Westaway, failed scholar and stablehand, is about to live through the most important day in his young life as Australia hovers unknowingly on the brink of war. What happens that day is the catalyst for momentous events strung across eight more moments in time; love and deception, near-misses and misunderstandings, all centred around the terrible thing that happens to a young girl and the repercussions it will have on the lives of her family, even those not yet born..
Toni Jordan's NINE DAYS is a beautiful, heartbreaking novel, a masterful piece of writing filled to bursting with warm, funny, spiky, lovable characters. It is the story of a tragedy, and the ripples that spread outwards from it through the generations, for better or worse. It is a book you will want to pass on, if you can bear to let it go.
Toni Jordan was born in Brisbane in 1966. She loved reading and writing at primary school but by high school had become a science nerd. She has worked as a sales assistant, molecular biologist, quality control chemist and marketing manager. In 2004 she gave up her job to study writing and began working on her debut novel, ADDITION.
In 2008, ADDITION was a Richard and Judy summer read and in 2009 was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award `the Australian Booker'. ADDITION has been translated into eight languages. Her second novel, FALL GIRL, came out in 2011.
Toni lives in Melbourne with her husband.
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31 Jan 2013
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The suspense is frequently nail-biting... beautifully constructed — Daily Mail
'A clever concept, carried out with confidence and compassion.' — Adelaide Advertiser
'This novel is a triumph.' — Weekend Australian
This is my first 6-out-of-5 book in 2013. We're seamlessly (an willingly) manipulated by an author who knows what she's doing. ..There are many examples of power and observational astuteness over these 256 compelling pages...The themes, population, emotions and enjoyment originating from NINE DAYS are universal, as is the regret that it has to end. — www.thebookbag.co.uk
This novel is a triumph. — Weekend Australian
A clever concept, carried out with confidence and compassion. — Adelaide Advertiser
Intelligent romantic comedy at its deft best — The Age on FALL GIRL
'Bringing a quirky humour and a sympathetic view of diversity to her story, the author sustains the momentum to the end of this engaging romantic comedy'
— The Times
An unusual and intriguing novel, written with a very light touch — Daily Mail
Brimming with sarcastic humour — Guardian
Toni Jordan's debut is mature, witty and entertaining — Irish Times
It's laugh-out-loud funny and painfully sad in turns . . . It is a quick read and extremely hard to put down, as you get addicted to Grace's addictive personality — Amanda Ross, Richard & Judy Summer Read
You'll be hearing more from this talented author — Choice
A sweet, charming, witty, romantic book — BBC Radio 2, The Weekender