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After the Fire, A Still Small Voice Paperback – 13 Aug 2009

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape; First Edition; 1st printing. edition (13 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224088874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224088879
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.6 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,682,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Just sometimes, a book is so complete, so compelling and potent, that you are fearful of breaking its hold. This is one: a novel about (as its title might suggest) devastating damage and the humanity that, almost unfathomably, remains...with awesome skill and whiplash wit, Evie Wyld knits together past and present, with tension building all the time. In Peter Carey and Tim Winton, Australia has produced two if the finest storytellers working today. On this evidence, Wyld can match them both (Stephanie Cross Daily Mail)

Ravishingly atmospheric and wisely compassionate, this somber, ambitious first novel attempts to net more sorrows, secrets, and horrors than it can hold, but there's no doubt that Wyld is a writer of immense abilities and depth (Booklist)

At times startling, Wyld's book is ruminative and dramatic, with deep reserves of empathy colored by masculine rage and repression (Publisher's Weekly)

A terrifically self-assured debut. (Guardian)

Wyld has a feel both for beauty and for the ugliness of inherited pain. (New Yorker)

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It's not just about generations of men affected by war. It's about men everywhere. For any man who's ever felt like an emotional fence post, this is the book for you. I enjoyed it enormously. - Giles Foden

'Intense. Wyld is an absolutely brilliant prose writer. The first chapter is so acute, poetic but not self-consciously literary and all in service to the characters. A fantastically-written novel. But gripping, it works almost as a mystery. Incredibly realistic about men and the trouble they have expressing themselves. - Boyd Hilton, BBC Radio 5 Live

Splendid. There's a point where you realise if you're confident in a writer. For me it was page five. From that point on, I knew I would go anywhere with this author. The book has an incredible, quiet confidence in its own prose. It never raises its voice. I just ate it up. There were two brilliant Australian novels I read this year by Tim Winton and Steve Toltz, which got a huge amount of attention. This is equally good. A masterful piece of writing.- Joel Morris, BBC Radio 5 live

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