Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Teaser Tuesday: Empire Day by Diane Armstrong

This week my teaser comes from Empire Day by Diane Armstrong - a new to me Australian author. The book is set just after the end of World War II when many of the people immigrating to Australia came from European backgrounds rather then primarily British background that was previously the norm.

The story so far seems to follow the inhabitants of a Bondi street - there are the Australian families, the new arrived immigrants, all with secrets to hide from prying eyes. So far we have also got to see a few events from Sydney's history as well.

The teaser comes from page 172:

He opened the novel he'd bought with him, but the weak electric bulb in the bedside table gave very little light and he put the book aside. His mind kept wandering back to what he'd seen and heard at Bonegilla. As he turned off the lamp, it struck him that the lives of perpetrators and victims were closely intertwined in their new country.

Please note that this teaser comes from an ARC version and so may be different in the final version.

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading. Head on over to find out all about it, and how to join in!

And just because reading the book has reminded me of my own visit to Bondi earlier this year....


  1. Love the photo!

    I would imagine their lives would be intertwined -- sound like a good read. I generally like immigrant stories, especially when the characters have secrets.

  2. Sounds like a good one! This week I've got a teaser and an international giveaway for EROMENOS.

  3. This sounds very deep.

    My teaser this week is from ‘Drop Dead Divas’ by Virginia Brown.

  4. I like the cover of this book. Thanks for sharing. If you get a chance, my teaser is here.

  5. Sounds like it has all the elements I like in a book. Happy reading.

  6. This books sounds great! I'm fascinated by this era and love reading about it it novels!


  7. Oh, I like this teaser and the cover of this book. I will be interested in your full review!

  8. I just downloaded this again from Net Galley and hope to read it next. Saw the actual book in store today, lovely cover and fairly big print.



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