The Old Balmain House

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Sophie vanished - where did she go? For 100 years nobody knows.

Who was Sophie and what happened to her? On buying an old weatherboard house in Balmain, Sydney, we discover her photo, dated 1900-1908. It has been hidden, along with a small perfume bottle in an old fireplace for a century.

We find out Sophie disappeared with a childhood friend in 1908 and was never seem again, leaving a trail of sadness through...

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Overview

Sophie vanished - where did she go? For 100 years nobody knows.

Who was Sophie and what happened to her? On buying an old weatherboard house in Balmain, Sydney, we discover her photo, dated 1900-1908. It has been hidden, along with a small perfume bottle in an old fireplace for a century.

We find out Sophie disappeared with a childhood friend in 1908 and was never seem again, leaving a trail of sadness through generations of her family.

This book tracks the journey of the discovery of Sophie and her family, from their first arrival in Sydney, over five generations of the family, until the mystery is finally laid to rest.

It is a story of loss and grief, mixed with joy, which passes through the successive generations of a family. The way the family deals with unresolved tragedy and finally the the way their love transcends time is the story from which the real Sophie emerges.

Set around beautiful Sydney Harbor this is a story of this place and its people, a story of starting in early Australia and running through to the present day.

Graham Wilson, the author, lived in the house in Balmain on which this story is based for seven years. This is his first novel.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781499396942
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2014
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    Fooled me

    I was unsure about reading this book. It seemed to be very different from my much loved mysteries. Well, the author fooled me. Up until the synopisis. I thought this book was a work of fiction based on the stories, mementoes and facts of the author's ancestry. I was amazed when I read it was all imagination. It seemed so real. This book is about 350 nook pages. It took me about four and a half hours to read. I only caught five proofing errors. There was no cursing, gory murders, or randy sexual situations. Although there was one mild sexual situation and a retelling of a rape incident, its consequences and the aftermath, told by a young woman. Even though this book was far outside the genre I prefer, I enjoyed it immensely. It followed many generations of the same family for almost 200 years. I recommend it to both male and female adult readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Wonderful read.

    I am very happy i stumbled across this great read. Highly recommend to readers of all genres.

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  • Posted June 21, 2014

    Loved this book. While it took a little while to get into the se

    Loved this book. While it took a little while to get into the second half was both a delightful and moving story of a family over several generations and the tragedies and joys which befall them and how they deal with the loss of their little girl.
    Highly recommended

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    Posted July 21, 2014

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