Heritage

Heritage From The Ruins Of Berlin To The Birth Of Israel, From The Italian Alps To The Australian High Country, Heritage Is A Passionate And Fast Paced Tale Of Rebirth, Struggle, Sacrifice And Redemption, And A Tribute To Those Who Gave Meaning To The Australian Spirit

Judy Nunn born 13 April 1945 is an Australian actress and author.Judy Nunn s career has been long, illustrious and multifaceted After combining her internationally successful acting career with scriptwriting for television and radio, Judy decided in the 80s to turn her hand to prose The result was two adventure novels for children, EYE IN THE STORM and EYE IN THE CITY, which remain extremely p

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  • Paperback
  • 570 pages
  • Heritage
  • Judy Nunn
  • English
  • 27 June 2018
  • 9781741661330

10 thoughts on “Heritage

  1. says:

    A sweeping tale of bravery, love and human endurance, with the backdrop of the Snowy Mountains in southern New South Wales We follow the lives of some of the inhabitants of Cooma, a small town experiencing a boom of migrant workers from the nearby Hydro Electric scheme Beautifully told, Judy Nunn weaves an evocative story, telling the lives of local characters and those from further afield, filling us in on their background stories, and how they came to the town.Some characters struggle with prejudice and hypocrisy, but for the most part the migrants manage to integrate quite well We meet those that have struggled just to exist through WW2, and those with a privileged upbringing that have never known hardship We laugh, love and breath along with them, as they make a new lives for themselves.I really did enjoy this book, becoming immersed and invested in the characters quite quickly I d be reading and look up to find hours had passed Yet the big problem I had with this book was how several people with interlocking lives in the past would suddenly and independently, unbeknownst to each other, all end up in one small town on the other side of the world It was just too big a coincidence to me, and I found it slightly annoying That was the only downfall of this book for me, and I do recommend it to lovers of Australian Historical Fiction.3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

  2. says:

    starsAs a West Australian girl born and bred, the construction of the NSW based, Snowy Mountains scheme to bring hydroelectricity to the region from the late 1940 s, through to the early 1970 s, seems to have escaped my attention One of Australia s best known storytellers, Judy Nunn, ensures that this pivotal engineering project is not lost in the history books.Following the devastating effects of World War II, many refugees decided they needed a new future abroad, leading them to seek opportunities offered by countries such as Australia From all corners of the globe, these displaced people came to the land down under, answering the call for labour, after Australia suffered a skills shortage following the war One of Australia s largest construction and engineering projects that commenced soon after the war was the Snowy Mountains based hydro electric scheme Work on the construction of the various tunnels, pipelines and aqueducts was dangerous, back breaking but fundamental to Australia Heritage is a grand narrative and a true testament to the colourful cultures that came together to produce this amazing engineering feat.Heritage is the ninth novel I have read by an author I admire, Judy Nunn The tried and tested formula of Nunn s historically based Australian fiction sagas just seems to work every time I am always astounded by the extent of research and detail Nunn puts into each of her novels Heritage, which was published back in 2005, is no exception It just seems a shame I waited this long to read Heritage I feel quite embarrassed that as an Australian, I did not know anything about the Snowy Mountains scheme until I read Nunn s book However, through the experience of reading Heritage, I was able to develop an appreciation for the many years of hard work that went into the construction of this engineering enigma As with many of Nunn s books, I always feel the urge to visit the site of the focus of her novels and Heritage was a book that ensured that I placed the Snowy Mountains region as a must see site.Combined within this accessible history of Australia s largest construction scheme, Heritage is the story of a small collection of characters that come from varying areas of the globe to Cooma, the main site of the hydro scheme Nunn s exploration of her core characters, such as Lucky, Pietro and Ruth, provides the reader with an insight into the cosmopolitan nature of the Cooma site during the years of the scheme Nunn s characters all have interesting, complex and varying personal histories She is able to give a good cross section of experiences of post World War II life, from Italy, to Israel and Germany Each of these experiences is individualised and is drawn from the myriad of real life migrant stories to come out of the construction of the scheme Perhaps the story that struck a chord with me the most was the Holocaust aspects and one of the main players of the novel, Ruth s experiences Nunn handles these aspects of the novel with historical insight and a sense of sentimentality that moved me almost to tears All these stories compounded well, with the exception of a few coincidences.Heritage is novel that is grand in scale and purpose I believe Nunn succeeds in bringing the reader a historically grounded book that intertwines the fascinating and colourful personal stories of the pioneering engineers of the hydro electric scheme Heritage also offers a solid portrait of the post World War II period in Australia, with many of these feelings expressed in the novel felt across the world Heritage is another winner from top Australian storyteller, Judy Nunn.

  3. says:

    5 stars, if for nothing else because I could not put it down I found myself questioning when this book started, given that the blurb on the back talked about the Snowy Mountains, but the story soon grabbed me, and did not let go The plot moved through some twists to turns, some of which were a little obvious to me, and others which were not, and utterly shocked me The climax was rather well done, but I would have preferred the resolution to have been twice as long again I am consistently surprised with this authors work, and I must read of it.

  4. says:

    They came to change the course of a river and changed the course of their lives After World War II, in the early 1950s, migrants from over many different countries came to Australia to work on the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme Their destination was the town of Cooma, New South Wales which was central to the Snowy Scheme This novel explores the stories of a number of different characters, from their lives in Berlin, Israel, Argentina and the Italian Alps to Australia, where their stories all converge in Cooma Amongst the migrants there are some seeking to bury the past and others who need to remember it Not all of the Australians welcomed the strangers even though the Snowy Scheme could not have been built without them The cultural clashes are well depicted in this novel, as are the dislocations caused by war and emigration Here we are all Snowy men I enjoyed this novel, even though I had some difficulty accepting the number of coincidences that occurred setting up connections between characters and events from their pasts Still, given the breadth of the story Ms Nunn was trying to cover, these coincidences were probably the best way to keep the number of characters manageable Their stories are representative of many over 70% of the people who worked on the Snowy Scheme were migrants While up to 7,300 worked on the Snowy Scheme at any one time, over 100,000 people worked on the Scheme over 25 years I was drawn to this novel by the setting The building of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme which took from 1949 to 1974 is the largest engineering project ever undertaken in Australia It is considered to be one of the largest and most complex hydro electric schemes in the world I spend a lot of time in the area around Lake Eucumbene the largest dam in the scheme , and am familiar with the drowning of Old Adaminaby in 1957 the town was moved to make way for Lake Eucumbene.Jennifer Cameron Smith

  5. says:

    love to read about Australia, especially the Snowy River Project.

  6. says:

    Oh my God This book had all the feels The premise of the story interested me, due to the links with my own family history After the initial hook, I found the book a bit slow to start and full of exposition, but that proved necessary to prevent confusion later on Within a few chapters, I could not put the book down I immensely enjoyed the Australian setting and the links to Europe and the war provided by the main characters It was very well researched, providing a sense of history and mystery along the way revealing key points bit by bit Certain moments had my mouth hit the floor, certainly in hindsight a little too coincidental, but at the time of reading, absolutely shocking The climax was both thrilling and heartbreaking, and the resolution, while not wrapped in a neat bow, left a smile on my face I grew up watching Judy Nunn as Ailsa in Home and Away, and knew that she had left that career for that of a novelist boy, can she write I loved this book, looking forward to reading of her work.

  7. says:

    It took me until about half way through the book to start really getting into it and then by the end I couldn t put it down I love the backdrop for the story and visiting all the different countries.

  8. says:

    I was a child and teenager in the time of power dams in NZ and in the area there were so many refugees from the war, and our friendship was international as the family had children when came, this has given me great memories this book and so important as historic in the Australian times Stories and such diversity of characters came for freedom and the chance earn put their skills to use it to start a life, just as was in the British Australian and Nz prejudge was everywhere the Germans had been the enemy, the friendship develope as Men worked together but in Society this story explains so often how red neck people were it is descriptive associative with the time, foreigners felt so blessed to have chance and took so much and they loved the outback.Unexpected happenings, people come back from the dead their experiences so different it has altered their thinking and relationships cannot go back, Germany or nazis were able to hide in new countries and the world opened up for society in the younger generations just as opened the land Judy nunn great writer is she not

  9. says:

    I m 34 I ve spent at least 30 Easter long weekends camped at a spot just down from the Island Bend Dam, which is a large part of the Snowy River Scheme that changed the course of arguably Australia s most famous river Without the Scheme, where we ve camped pretty much every year I ve been alive would likely not exist, so Easter 2019 seemed the right time to read this book that s been sitting in my collection untouched for ages And it s fantastic A ripping fictional tale of people from both near and far who were a part of the multicultural community that banded together to deliver one of the memorable projects in construction history.I might be biased because I love the high country, but Heritage is brilliant Highly recommended.

  10. says:

    I didn t like this one at first but the I read the it interested me The horror of the Death camp, the way the Nazis escaped and this one Nazi s trail of murder was so well told as was the story of Ruth one of his victims who escaped The way they all ended up in The Snowy Scheme is totally believabe given the times I remember and the friends who met there.

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