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by Janelle (subscribe)
I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Published April 16th 2020
Travels With My Grandfather
Book, Australia, Tasmania, family, history, fiction, war, love
A great escape


First published in 2002, Windmill Hill by Michael Jacobson is a beautifully written story about family, friendship, love, and loss. Set in contemporary Tasmania, it follows the abduction of Launceston nursing home resident "Blink" Johns by his grandson Paul and their road trip of redemption. The story is told from Paul's perspective but has flashbacks to the First World War and Paul's and "Blink's" earlier life.

"Blink" has been suffering from long term dementia and often retreats into a past scarred with the bodies of fellow soldiers from The Great War. Paul feels a deep need to atone for misdeeds against his family and decides to assist his grandfather in the creation of a garden in the ravaged soil of Queenstown. "Blink" is in quite a bad way and thinks his grandson is Angus McBain, his great mate from the war. Whilst working the unforgiving land, both men rediscover themselves and uncover deeply hidden incidents from their pasts

Windmill Hill has a gentle but familiar tone and is written sensitively. The characters are drawn well and are very relatable and the descriptions of place are evocative without being overly descriptive. I found it to be a compelling story that flowed well with enough mystery and suspense to keep me involved.


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