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A Prayer for Blue Delaney

A Prayer for Blue Delaney [Kindle Edition]

Kirsty Murray
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'Don't worry,' said Bill. 'You can hide out here until you get your strength back. That is, if you don't mind an old man, a dog and a few ghosts for company.'

Colm is on the run, determined to escape from the cruelties of Bindoon Boys' Home. He strikes up an unexpected friendship with old Billy Dare and his dog Rusty, and together they travel from the goldfields of Kalgoorlie to the rugged north. Whether they're working along the Dog Fence, eluding the police or confronting a wild boar, they're a team. When Bill's life is at risk, it's up to Colm to go in search of the mysterious Blue Delaney and lay to rest the ghosts that haunt them both.

This action-packed story, set in the 1950s, continues the richly detailed historical quartet that began with Bridie's Fire and Becoming Billy Dare. Starting in the 1840s and ending in present-day Australia, the Children of the Wind quartet tells the stories of four courageous young people, Bridie, Billy, Colm and Maeve, born fifty years apart. The central character from each book becomes a mentor to the child in the next.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 897 KB
  • Print Length: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (12 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H94Y5NS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse of 1950s Australia 19 Mar 2013
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This historical novel takes its inspiration from the child migrant schemes of the mid 20th century. Colm is a child born in England to an Irish mother who places him in the care of a religious-run orphanage. As was the case for thousands of children in England at this time, Colm is chosen for migration to Australia and sent there without his mother's knowledge or consent. This piece of hidden history is also told in the book (and subsequently the film) Oranages and Sunshine (I would strongly recommend the film for anyone interested in this story). In Murray's story, Colm escapes from the Christian Brother's notorious Bindoon home for boys, and travels Australia in the company of Bill Dare, an unconventional drifter. Murray blends Colm's story with the stories of the stolen generations, linking them as instances of wrongful state interference in the lives of children and families. The scene in which Colm witnesses the breaking-up of a mixed-race family is moving and arresting. Colm eventually finds a home and happiness with Bill Dare's daughter in Melbourne, and even gets to watch Ronnie Delaney winning an Olympic medal. It might not be every child reader's cup of tea, but it is a well written story with depth of characterisation and emotional involvement.
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