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Penguin Group Australia, Aug 28, 2006 - Fiction - 696 pages
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Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds

A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob – but will justice prevail in the courts?

Nine months later, a baby is born . . . with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity. The rivalry of Jessica and her beautiful sister for the love of the same man will echo throughout their lives – until finally the truth must be told.

Set in the harsh Australian bush against the outbreak of World War I, this novel is heartbreaking in its innocence, and shattering in its brutality.

'A deserved best seller, based on fact, a story told with heartbreaking honesty.'
The Australian Women's Weekly


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I first read this book when I was only 13. I remember exactly where I was when I read certain parts of the book and I will never forget it. I have since read it 6 more times. This book is a beautiful ... Read full review

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This is outstanding as an Australian story. I am not a fan of Bryce Courtney's South African books, however, this one and Mathew Flinder's Cat are wonderful. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Bryce Courtenay is the bestselling author of The Power of One, Tandia, April Fool's Day, The Potato Factory, Tommo & Hawk, Solomon's Song, Jessica, A Recipe for Dreaming, The Family Frying Pan, The Night Country, Smoky Joe's Cafe, Four Fires, Matthew Flinders' Cat, Brother Fish, Whitethorn, Sylvia, The Persimmon Tree, Fishing for Stars, The Story of Danny Dunn, Fortune Cookie and Jack of Diamonds. The Power of One is also available in an edition for younger readers, and Jessica has been made into an award-winning television miniseries.

The Silver Moon: Reflections and Stories on Life, Death and Writing is being published in November 2014.

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