NINE DAYS

Short-listed, Australian Independent Bookseller Award for fiction (The Indie Awards), 2013

One family. Nine momentous days. An unforgettable novel of love and folly and heartbreak.

It is 1939 and although Australia is about to go to war, it doesn’t quite realise yet that the situation is serious. Deep in the working-class Melbourne suburb of Richmond it is business—your own and everyone else’s—as usual. And young Kip Westaway, failed scholar and stablehand, is living the most important day of his life.

Kip’s momentous day is one of nine that will set the course for each member of the Westaway clan in the years that follow. Kip’s mother, his brother Francis and, eventually, Kip’s wife Annabel and their daughters and grandson: all find their own turning points, their triumphs and catastrophes, in days to come.

But at the heart of all their stories is Kip, and at the centre of Kip’s fifteen-year-old heart is his adored sister Connie. They hold the threads that will weave a family.

In Nine Days Toni Jordan has harnessed all the spiky wit, compassion and lust for life that drew readers in droves to Addition and Fall Girl. Ambitious in scope and structure, triumphantly realised, this is a novel about one family and every family. It is about dreams and fights and sacrifices. And finally, of course, it is—as it must be—about love.

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Praise for Nine Days

“The suspense is frequently nail-biting, and there’s a strong undertow of unspecified doom, but the book is far from gloomy because Jordan has a fine line in wit too, not to mention the natural storyteller’s ability to keep us guessing about where it’s all going…beautifully constructed…”

Daily Mail UK

“This novel is a triumph. Another signal career in Australian fiction is well under way.”

Australian

“A brilliant piece of writing…compelling, engaging and will bring tears to the eyes…”

Sunday Star Times

“Toni Jordan has written a beautiful novel which captures the loves and fears of an ordinary Australian family through hard times and better times. It reminded me of Elizabeth Stead’s books.”

Australian Bookseller & Publisher

‘Emotional Postcards of a Family Drama’
The Age
Nine Days is a sprawling family drama set before and after World War II, beginning in the backstreets of Richmond and flipping back and forth until the inner-city suburb gentrifies into a latte mecca.
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