Rush Oh!

by Shirley Barrett

Modern and Contemporary Fiction Historical fiction eBooks of the Month Literary Fiction

Rush Oh! Synopsis

'Hugely funny and peopled with a cast of characters I came to love like my own friends, Rush Oh! reminded me why I love reading' Hannah Kent, bestselling author of Burial Rites Mary Davidson, the eldest daughter of a whaling family in New South Wales,chronicles the particularly difficult season of 1908 - a story that is poignant and hilarious, filled with drama and misadventure. Mary Davidson has got used to looking after her five siblings whilst catering for her father's boisterous whaling crew. But when John Beck, an itinerant whaleman with a murky past, arrives on the doorstep wanting to join her father, Mary promptly develops an all-consuming crush which upends her world... Swinging from Mary's hopes and disappointments, both domestic and romantic, to the challenges that beset their tiny whaling operation, Rush Oh! is an enchanting celebration of both Mary's unique voice and an extraordinary episode in Australian history when a family of whalers formed a fond, unique allegiance with a pod of frisky killer whales - led by one named Tom.

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ISBN: 9780349006659
Publication date: 2nd February 2017
Author: Shirley Barrett
Publisher: Fleet an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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Shirley Barrett Press Reviews

'Beautiful and brutal, witty and kind, Rush Oh! is a story of great surprises and a beating heart - a book never to forget' -- Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief

'Hugely funny and peopled with a cast of characters I came to love like my own friends, Rush Oh! reminded me why I love reading' -- Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites

'Cinematic. The tale of a whaling family, its scope is ambitious and its heart big. You'll fall in love' Marie Claire (Australia)

'While depicting the danger, adrenaline and excitement of the boat chases, [Rush Oh!] also repeatedly celebrates the beauty of these magnificent creatures, mourning the cruelty involved in hunting and killing them' West Australian

'Rush Oh!'s strengths are manifold. It's a nostalgic, quirky book - peppered with stunning illustrations and seamless inclusion of actual newspaper excerpts from the time - that really captures an intriguing moment in Australia's past. Expertly balancing light and dark, Barrett confronts the moral complexities of whaling while simultaneously sketching a range of hilarious character portraits, and maintaining an endearing, and often challenging, narrative voice. This novel is a fairytale for adults, which I found poignant, funny and original' Canberra Weekly

'Fresh, funny and lively' Express

'Just the ticket, particularly if you like a bit of comedy with your mammal spearing action' Esquire

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Format: Paperback

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About Shirley Barrett

Shirley Barrett is best known for her work as a screenwriter and director. Shirley's first film, Love Serenade won the Camera D'Or (Best First Feature) at Cannes Film Festival in 1996. The script for her most recent film South Solitary won the Queensland Premier's Prize (script) 2010, the West Australian Premier's Literary Prize (script) 2010, and the West Australian Premier's Prize 2010. RUSH OH! is Shirley's first novel. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

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