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  1. Dale Harcombe Dale Harcombe says:

    I started this novel while in the middle of reading another one which wasn t commanding my attention This one with its stark Australian landscape and its sparse prose did Laura is ten years old and Vik five when their mother, Kath, a potter disappears At the time Laura makes a decision that haunts her for years Laura is determined and hardworking and sets about trying to take on as much of her mother s role as she can, looking after the house, helping with the sheep and the farm and caring f I started this novel while in the middle of reading another one which wasn t commanding my attention This one with its stark Australian landscape and its sparse prose did Laura is ten years old and Vik five when their mother, Kath, a potter disappears At the time Laura makes a decision that haunts her for years Laura is determined and hardworking and sets about trying to take on as much of her mother s role as she can, looking after the house, helping with the sheep and the farm and caring for her father, Bruce and sister Vik She feels alienated from the rest of the townspeople Joseph, seems to be the only one who understands her Needless to say resentment builds up at times but then Laura gets her chance to leave She meets Luc, an environmental activist In the process will he change Laura Will life in the city satisfy Can she stay away from the land The land is as much a character in this book as Laura, Bruce, Vik and Joseph The story takes place from 1984 to 2018 I found this a quietly compelling read that I raced through in a day It raises a lot of questions about love, family, responsibility, guilt, self sacrifice, home, climate change and the choices people make I thoroughly enjoyed it The scenes with floods and bushfires portray the frightening reality that some people in this land have to face That this is a debut novel makes it evenimpressive It will be interesting to see what this writer does next


  2. Michael Livingston Michael Livingston says:

    A stunning Australian novel about family secrets, sibling rivalry, love and what it means to be home If this isn t on the Stella shortlist next year I ll eat my hat.


  3. Lisa Lisa says:

    As you could tell from the Opening Lines of Anchor Point that I posted on my blog, I was thoroughly impressed by this debut novel It s an absorbing, satisfying book that suggests a promising future for Melbourne author Alice Robinson.What precipitated ten year old Laura s swollen eye in that opening scene was that she had broken a pot created by her mother, an amateur artist The drama that ensues has lifelong implications for Laura who ends up becoming mother to her five year old sister Vik an As you could tell from the Opening Lines of Anchor Point that I posted on my blog, I was thoroughly impressed by this debut novel It s an absorbing, satisfying book that suggests a promising future for Melbourne author Alice Robinson.What precipitated ten year old Laura s swollen eye in that opening scene was that she had broken a pot created by her mother, an amateur artist The drama that ensues has lifelong implications for Laura who ends up becoming mother to her five year old sister Vik and a helpmeet for her father, who is a simple but single minded man, devoted to the hardscrabble land on which he hopes to develop sheep pasture She is a mere child when she helps Bruce to clear fell the land and help with the lambing The writing is vivid More months passed The palms of Laura s hands, like the surface of the land, were changing Blisters rose like pearls of water, breaking, bleeding, running dry Then the skin hardened so much so that it started cracking as the weather grew cold Blood and then pus marked the fissures in the tissue along the lifeline and along the one for love The cracks took ages to heal, but she couldn t very well not use her hands Fixing the ute s engine, covered in grease, head pounding through the fumes, she thought her skin might come right off p.63 Habits of guilt and self sacrifice define Laura s life, compromising her relationship with Luc, the man she meets at Agricultural College, and with her sister To read the rest of my review please visit


  4. Jennifer (JC-S) Jennifer (JC-S) says:

    The note was neatly creased A white square As the story opens, Laura is ten years old She lives with her parents and her younger sister Vik on a farm Her mother Kath is a potter, trying to find time to create Laura s father, Bruce, is angry when Kath disappears into her studio, ignoring housework and other demands of family Kath herself is angry And then she disappears.A search fails to find any trace of Kath Where is she Is she dead What has happened Laura knows something about Kath The note was neatly creased A white square As the story opens, Laura is ten years old She lives with her parents and her younger sister Vik on a farm Her mother Kath is a potter, trying to find time to create Laura s father, Bruce, is angry when Kath disappears into her studio, ignoring housework and other demands of family Kath herself is angry And then she disappears.A search fails to find any trace of Kath Where is she Is she dead What has happened Laura knows something about Kath s disappearance, but keeps it secret This secret becomes part of a burden of responsibility that Laura carries on her own for years But how was a family meant to look, after one of them had died Laura grows up quickly, becoming a mother for Vik who, at five years of age, misses her mother terribly Time passes Vik grows up, and escapes from the farm, to a career in the city Laura leaves too, but returns when her father becomes ill Her own life is put on hold Again All her life, the small square of space reserved for herself was threatened, constantly under siege The farm has been failing for years Bruce s management of the land, as though it can be conquered and wrestled into submission, has resulted in the soil blowing away Clear felling, erosion, flood, fire and drought wreak their own havoc And Laura What is her future This novel spans thirty five years, and has at least three separate aspects First, it s Laura s story her life, her choices, the consequences Secondly, it s about the environment we live in how we seek to control the land, how different people relate to it and how, ultimately environment physical and emotional shapes us Thirdly, it s about the different ways in which people respond to circumstances, to change, to each other And right at the end of the novel, in the near future, is a reminder that the city is never separate from the country.I found this novel incredibly moving, and at times uncomfortable I found myself wondering about each of the main characters and their choices About Laura s capacity, sacrifice and strength Andbroadly, about the way in which we seek to impose our will on the land, on each other Yes, I think this is a novel I need to reread.Jennifer Cameron Smith


  5. Sallyann Van leeuwen Sallyann Van leeuwen says:

    No doubt that this is a well written book Laura and Vik are 10 and 5, living in rural Australia when their mum disappears The book follows their relationship with each other and their dad through the years For me, the book was dull, just like the landscape The ending didn t bring any closure to a fairly depressing story of lonely people.


  6. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    This novel is Laura s story and she is a memorable character, whose life journey we follow over a span of 35 years This is also the story of an Australian landscape, increasingly burdened by the farming methods of the past and threatened by climate change I was thoroughly absorbed in this novel although at times I found the unrelenting burdens of Laura s life depressing After her mother disappears when she is only ten years old, Laura is left to help bring up her very young sister and assist This novel is Laura s story and she is a memorable character, whose life journey we follow over a span of 35 years This is also the story of an Australian landscape, increasingly burdened by the farming methods of the past and threatened by climate change I was thoroughly absorbed in this novel although at times I found the unrelenting burdens of Laura s life depressing After her mother disappears when she is only ten years old, Laura is left to help bring up her very young sister and assist her much loved father in his hard physical work on their farm Laura also bears the guilt of a secret about her mother s disappearance that will mark her, her relationships and her future Laura is bound to the land in a way that has some of the intensity of country that her aboriginal friend Joseph and his mob feel It is indeed her anchor point This is an impressive debut novel, with an emotional intensity and an understanding of the physical nature of existence The two sections about fierce bushfires are especially dramatic Laura s relationships with Luc, the environmental activist, and Joseph, the indigenous Australian could be seen as contrived ways of introducing a message but Robinson writes so convincingly that we accept the trajectory and tensions of her narrative Her characters are authentic and her thinking subtle I look forward tofrom this writer


  7. Lani Lani says:

    After so many great reviews for this book I was very disappointed I found it had huge gaping holes in the storyline and felt the entire story was quite bland I kept reading it waiting for it to improve, but it never did, except for a few well written lines, it dismally failed How unfortunate.


  8. Emilia Emilia says:

    Powered through this in one day because it was due back at the library, so I m sure I missed some of the subtleties of the story, but wow.


  9. Meg Meg says:

    Beautifully written and well developed story The characters and the Australian rural setting were real and had depth 4.5 stars


  10. Natasha (jouljet) Natasha (jouljet) says:

    A tale of family bonds and roles, challenging parents and their impact, a childhood decision with huge ripples, and absence and secrets Laura makes, and actively maintains, a decision when she is 10, which changes the course of her life, and those of her father and younger sister It robs her of her childhood, and puts her in a role of responsibility before her time The choice reminded me a little of Atonement, but Laura sustains the decision at several intervals.It s hard to discuss this one A tale of family bonds and roles, challenging parents and their impact, a childhood decision with huge ripples, and absence and secrets Laura makes, and actively maintains, a decision when she is 10, which changes the course of her life, and those of her father and younger sister It robs her of her childhood, and puts her in a role of responsibility before her time The choice reminded me a little of Atonement, but Laura sustains the decision at several intervals.It s hard to discuss this one without giving away spoilers It is told in roughly 10 years stages, and also encompasses themes of fire, drought, sustainability and land rights of rural Australia.The final 20 year span was compelling enough to have me reading into the wee hours, to find out the conclusion Albeit not quite as powerful an end as I was looking for.Another book where I wanted to knowabout one of the B grade characters Joseph would be a fascinating character to exploreof


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Anchor Point ❴PDF❵ ✈ Anchor Point Author Alice Robinson – Buyprobolan50.co.uk When her mother disappears into the bush,ten year old Laura makes an impulsive decision that will haunt her for decades Despite her angerand grief, she sets about running the house, taking care of her When her mother disappears into the bush,ten year old Laura makes an impulsive decision that will haunt her for decades Despite her angerand grief, she sets about running the house, taking care of her younger sister, and helping her father clear their wild acreage to carve out a farm But gradually they realise that while they may own the land, they cannot tame it nor can they escape their pastAnchor Point is an eloquent and arresting Australian novel no reader will easily forget.

  • Paperback
  • 263 pages
  • Anchor Point
  • Alice Robinson
  • English
  • 10 July 2019
  • 1922213616

About the Author: Alice Robinson

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