The moving story of a young girl’s journey from Greece to Australia, and the life she builds – and love she finds – in a sometimes unwelcoming land
Katerina arrives in Sydney by ship as a six-year-old in the 1950s, a bewildered newcomer met by her father, whom she barely remembers, and abandoned by her impulsive and flighty mother. She faces a strange and often hostile new country as she and her father struggle to be accepted.
Growing into a beautiful and intelligent young woman, Katerina renames herself Kate and makes the Northern Beaches of Sydney home. At the age of seventeen, while the Vietnam War rages and protest marches fill Australian streets, she is swept into a passionate love affair.
Life for Kate brings joy and tragedy. Inspired by her own experience as a child, she becomes a legal advocate for displaced persons and is forced to confront questions of life and death, freedom and captivity – choices that will change her life forever . . .
A Distant Shore is a poignant and stirring story of our times about courage, justice and enduring love.
Not always a comfortable read. - Really 4.5/5 stars Read More
Brilliant so far Read More
Enjoyed book, revealing story about boat people & then the life of main character, good read Read More
I really enjoyed it and finished it within three days. I liked the fact that I have been to the places he describes and I can identify with being a 'new' australian. Read More