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The Water Diviner by [Anastasios, Andrew, Wilson-Anastasios, Meaghan]
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Constantinople, 1919. Joshua Connor, an Australian farmer, arrives in Turkey to fulfil a pledge made on his wife's grave - to find the bodies of their three sons, lost in Gallipoli, and bring them home.

In the enemy city Connor meets Orhan, a mischievous Turkish boy, and his mother Ayshe, who is struggling to keep her family hotel afloat and rebuild her life after the war.

Connor can trace life-giving water under the earth, but finding his sons at Gallipoli seems impossible when faced with the gruesome landscape of sun-bleached bones and rotting uniforms. But a Turkish officer gives the broken father hope where there was none. - Connor's eldest son may be alive.

As Connor risks his life travelling into the heart of Anatolia one question haunts him: If his son is alive why hasn't he come home?

This novel tells the complete story of The Water Diviner and is based on the original screenplay by Andrew Anastasios and Andrew Knight. It is inspired by true events found within personal accounts and official records from the Great War.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 926 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Australia (9 December 2014)
  • Sold by: Macmillan (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LIQII8G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,619 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Easy to visualise I found it to be an excellent account from both sides which is refreshing. Have recently visited Canakkale and istanbul and the description was true to my eyes and senses. I look forward to seeing the movie. Refreshingly different look at this terrible time for Australians
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An excellent plot , as this novel is relevant to the anniversary of the Gallipoli Landings , there is a sense of understanding the feelings of the family in this novel.I live in this district of Victoria and the description of the area is excellent , the desperate dry , dusty and windy conditions exist . A good portrayal of a stubborn Aussie , a real Bushy , stubborn and hard headed and a bit naive in the ways of the world . the book had a couple of flat spots . Overall a good read.
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What an amazing story. Could not put this book down. One did not have to work too hard to picture the scenes and heart wrenching emotions. Brilliantly written, obviously for the film. A very timely story. It was very interesting seeing through not only Australian but the. enemies eyes as well. What were we doing there! Having travelled recently to Turkey it was easy imagine the peninsular, Blue mosque etc. Well written, easy to read,and couldn't put it down.
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I didn't know anything about this story, other than the basic premise I gleaned from the movie preview. In short, this is a great read. It is well written, well paced and I felt a connection to the characters. The writer transports you, quite effectively, to the shores of Gallipoli and beyond and I learnt quite a bit about the conflict and its terrible toll.
This an adventure tale with a deep underlying message and it is well worth a read. Great book!
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I loved this book. I wasn't sure at the start but the story drew me in and I was captivated by the quest of Connor, a rough-edged Australian water diviner, as he searched for his three sons presumably killed at Gallipoli, during the first world war. This first novel by Andrew Anastasios and Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios. Andrew was co-writer for the script of the film "The Water Diviner" and this is the book of the film. The story and characters are what draw you into this book rather than the beauty and craftsmanship of the writing itself. Which I think is why it took me a little bit of reading before I was convinced. Gallipoli is huge in the consciousness of Australians and the timing of this book is perfect given that we are in the midst of the centenary commemorations of the first world war from 2014-2018. Another interesting thing that this book captures is the consequences of what happens following the end of war. We often only focus on the events of war and Connor finds himself in the midst of the Greek Turkish tensions following WW1 and the involvement of the British and other nations in managing or not managing this post war situation. In the end I was deeply moved by the book and its led me to watch the movie.
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This was bought for me, and initially I was less than impressed with the story. I am part way through it now, and much more impressed. I sense that the author has researched his (?her- it is not open before me at the moment) background well and am finding the fictional but probably factual presentation of Istanbol/Constantinople/Byzantium quite credible - and fascinating. I have not visited the city, but have bummed around a bit and only the (planned) accident of children interrupted my (also planned) visit there. The story (so far) of a widower seeking his sons lost in a battle far away tugs at me in ways I do not care to describe, and I feelthat I would raise its "star" rating once Ifinish the book.

BTW this computer cannot s[pell: I have got tired of fixing its mistakes, and I AM stone cold sober

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I give it 3, just. For once I think the movie will be better. That it has attracted so much hype is remarkable. The tendancy to over wrjte the Australian conditions (I am Australian and grew up on a property like the one in the book) was annoying and unlike some reviewers I was not inclined to laugh or cry...it simply wasn't believable enough to generate any emotions. A father "divines" his son's skeletons under the ground amongst thousands of other bodies after 4 years? Please!
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Excellent account of one mans love of his sons, and the lengths he had to go to find their remains in Gallipoli a heart-warming book of love and despair.
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