Sixty Seconds: A novel of hope

by Jesse Blackadder

On Sale: 18/09/2017


About the Book

You can never go back - but can you forgive? A gripping story of pain and redemption.

The Brennans - parents, Finn and Bridget, and their sons, Jarrah and Toby - have made a sea change, from chilly Hobart to subtropical Murwillumbah. Feeling like foreigners in this land of sun and surf, they're still adjusting to work, school, and life in a sprawling purple weatherboard, when one morning, tragedy strikes.

In the devastating aftermath, the questions fly. What really happened? And who's to blame?

Determined to protect his family, Finn finds himself under the police and media spotlight. Guilty and enraged, Bridget spends nights hunting answers in the last place imaginable. Jarrah - his innocence lost - faces a sudden and frightening adulthood where nothing is certain.

Sixty Seconds is a haunting, redemptive story about forgiveness and hope, inspired by the author's own family experience.

'It is, quite simply, a masterpiece' Kate Forsyth

'A beautiful work. One of the most moving and artistically satisfying endings I've read in a long while' Susan Johnson, Courier Mail

'An unflinching but tender exploration of what happens when the worst happens, this achingly beautiful novel broke my heart. And then put it back together' Wendy James, author

'Powerful and captivating - a novel you will not forget' Eliza Henry-Jones, author


'... utterly intriguing and completely unputdownable ... The writing is evocative and powerful' Good Reading
'Her writing immerses the reader in the beauty and danger of the Southern Ocean and the sights, sounds and smells of Antarctica. Verdict: DAZZLING' Herald Sun

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781460708750
  • ISBN 10: 146070875X
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 18/09/2017
  • Pages: 384
  • List Price: 14.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


Jesse Blackadder is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, freelance journalist and a budding screenwriter. Her novel THE RAVEN'S HEART won the Benjamin Franklin award for historical fiction (USA), and she was awarded an Antarctic Arts Fellowship for her novel CHASING THE LIGHT. 

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