Journey to Warudhar – Philip Arnold

December 2, 2017 at 10:51 | Posted in books | Leave a comment

Journey to Warudah is the debut novel from Philip Arnold. Set in post World War One Australia, it is a sort of coming of age story, following Jessica as she is alienated from her family by her mother’s religious conversion and finds love with a returned soldier, Harry Watkins. He then takes her to his remote farmstead in the bush, where the two of them create a new life together. They struggle to leave behind the ties and conflicts from the city, however, and these eventually catch up with them in a climactic ending.

The book is easy to read, and captures the colour and tensions of Australian life at that tumultuous time. The characters are well drawn, and the pace of the book is unusual – it seems to gradually gather pace as it progresses; the ending fairly tumbles off the pages as so many of the threads from earlier in the book are brought together in a crescendo finale that is hard to put down.

It’s a book worth picking up – there is a satisfying depth and complexity to the story, even if occasionally the characters seem a little emotionally two-dimensional.

And perhaps I should make a small disclosure – Phil Arnold is a friend of mine. Indeed, you can find a picture of him elsewhere on this blog (I’ll leave the detective work up to you, dear readers, to find it!). So you’ll have to decide how objective this review really is….

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