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A tale of longing, loss and growing love under the bright Australian sun.

It's 1921 and the Great War has left in its wake untold tragedy, not only in lives lost, but in the guilt of survivors, the deep-set scars of old wounds and the sting of redoubled bigotries.

In the tiny hamlet of Sunshine, on the far-flung desert's edge, three very different ex-servicemen - Jack Bell, an Aboriginal horseman; Snow McGlynn, a laconic, curmudgeonly farmer; and Art Lovelee, an eccentric engineer - find themselves sharing a finger of farmland along the Darling River, and not much else. That is, until Art's wife Grace, a battle-hardened nurse, gets to work on them all with her no-nonsense wisdom.

Told with Kim Kelly's inimitable wit and warmth, Sunshine is a very Australian tale of home, hope and healing, of the power of growing life and love, and discovering that we are each other's greatest gifts.

Praise for Kim Kelly
'colourful, evocative and energetic' - Sydney Morning Herald
'Kelly is a masterful creator of character and voice' - Julian Leatherdale
'Why can't more people write like this?' - The Age

Edition Language:English
Format Type:

    Sunshine Reviews

  • Brenda

    The Soldiers Settlement Plan was implemented after WWI to aid returning soldiers to regain their feet once they were home. Snow McGlynn was one such ex-serviceman who’d been given the chance and his...

  • Sharon

    What an amazing and beautifully written story. Aussie author Kim Kelly has done an outstanding job in writing this book. Although this book is just over 200 pages for me it was a book that needed to b...

  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com4.5 stars‘To achieve something. Something measurable. Something decent. To rescue himself. A few months ago, he knew nothing of citrus fruit, except oranges wer...

  • Theresa Smith

    It’s a rare gift to discover an author who writes with such a striking sense of atmosphere and sublime instinct. Such is the storytelling of Kim Kelly, who just never misses a beat ever. In her late...

  • Nicki

    I read this book through The Pigeonhole, a free online book club, reading it with other readers on the web. It was split into 6 parts, called staves, that I read through the nifty Pigeonhole app. I mu...

  • Claire

    Those of you who know me know that I'm a pretty fast reader, but this was one book that made me slow down so that I could savour every line. Kim Kelly always manages to write in such a beautiful way s...

  • Pheadra

    This was a short book, but packed with information that often gets swept under the carpet. It is a deeply moving and distressing story on the one hand of The Soldiers Settlement Plan, implemented afte...

  • Kim Russell

    I’ve just finished reading Sunshine, another novel by Kim Kelly, who brings me rich flavours of Australian places, history and culture in her vivid writing and well-drawn characters - I love all the...

  • Vanessa Wild

    An engaging story set just after WWI in Australia in a small outback town called Sunshine on the banks of a river called Darling. Under the Soldier’s Settlement Plan, returning servicemen could appl...

  • Catalina

    A stunning story of war and love and friendship. Of loss and grief and overcoming heartbreak and misery! A story about Australia, barren land, unfair treatment of natives. Yet a story of bridging diff...