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Wild Chicory by [Kelly, Kim]
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Wild Chicory Kindle Edition

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Length: 101 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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I've never met Kim Kelly, author, other than on Facebook. I have read and enjoyed her previous published novels, so when the publisher (The Author People) asked if I'd like to read her latest offering, Wild Chicory, I didn't hesitate. At only ninety-two pages I figured a novella would be a short read. As expected, I read the ninety-two pages in one sitting. What I didn't expect were tears-mine! Not because the ending was a sad one, but because the significance of Brigid Boszko's storytelling became clear to me in the final chapter. (I think I even gasped.) Wild Chicory is absolutely remarkable reading and a rich and wonderful history lesson that every child-every person-in Australia should read. (If I had been given this at school instead of Jamaica Inn I might have fallen in love earlier with reading, and writing, Aussie stories!) For the reader, Wild Chicory is a step back in time. A celebration of Australia and (what Kim, herself, describes as) 'the economic refugees who have made and continue to make our country what it is: a colourful patchwork of beauty and bigotry both, all sewn together with love'. For any writers out there: Wild Chicory is a short and extremely enjoyable lesson in clever crafting, superb structure, and the perfect use of POV. Like her character, Brigid Boszko, Kim Kelly is wonderful storyteller and 'her' story is so real I wanted more pages to read. My opinion: This novella is the author's tour de force. With a sublime narrative voice Wild Chicory is the kind of story that lingers long after the last page. - Jenn J McLeod (Author)

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From Ireland to Australia, an immigrant's tale of love, war, and the unbreakable bonds of family.

Praise for Wild Chicory:

'It is uplifting to know that there are people who can write like this, with clarity, a bit of devilment and a hint of a smile. The story is a simple one, but told in a way that keeps you reading as much for the elegance of the telling as for the action it describes. Here is prose with a light, sunny breeze blowing through it… Why can't more people write like this? A little gem.' – The Age

'colourful, evocative and energetic' – Sydney Morning Herald

'Kim Kelly's Wild Chicory is told with wit, warmth and courage. It's an ode to the splendour to be found in a simple life and the hope for something better, even if you must risk everything to achieve it.' – Newtown Review of Books

Wild Chicory is a novella that takes the reader on an immigrant journey from Ireland to Australia in the early 1900s, along threads of love, family, war and peace. It's a slice of ordinary life rich in history, folklore and fairy tale, and a portrait of the precious relationship between a granddaughter, Brigid, and her grandmother, Nell.

From the windswept, emerald coast of County Kerry, to the slums of Sydney's Surry Hills; and from the bitter sectarian violence of Ulster, to tranquillity of rural New South Wales, Brigid weaves her grandmother's tales into a small but beautiful epic of romance and tragedy, of laughter and the cold reality of loss. It's Nell's tales, tall and true, that spur Brigid to write her own, too.

Ultimately, it's a story of finding your feet in a new land – be that a new country, or a new emotional space – and the wonderful trove of narrative we carry with us wherever we might go.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 271 KB
  • Print Length: 101 pages
  • Publisher: Jazz Monkey Publications (6 August 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07G8H6M1C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,059 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 starsA worthwhile read
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5.0 out of 5 starsWild Chicory is a beautifully portioned out sensory journey...
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5.0 out of 5 starsBrilliant
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5.0 out of 5 starsMoving and poignant novella!
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