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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Text Publishing Company (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1921922834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1921922831
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

‘Spanning World War II to 9/11, Australian novelist Jordan delivers a witty and wise family saga…gorgeously layered... A small treasure, from the author of the wonderful romantic comedy Addition (2009).’
Kirkus Reviews

'Jordan renders this extended family's interwoven story in gorgeous layers of warmth, understanding and casual cruelties, interspersed throughout with good humor and perfectly rendered dialogue… In spare but rich prose, Jordan shows all the love, fear, tenderness, disappointment, joy and sadness any life could hold.'
Shelf Awareness

‘Jordan elegantly captures the hopes and despairs of three generations of a troubled family, offering a diverting read that will appeal to fans of sophisticated historical fiction and book club members.’
Library Journal US

‘Simply a joy to read.’
Courier-Mail

‘Toni Jordan has written a beautiful novel which captures the loves and fears of an ordinary Australian family through hard times and better times. It reminded me of Elizabeth Stead’s books.’
Australian Bookseller & Publisher

‘Jordan is clear that what binds us to one another and to a meaningful life is simply valuing the life you have been given and the family that is yours and yours alone. Reading Nine Days, you will laugh, even cry, but you will be in no doubt that Toni Jordan uses the modern novel to reflect those tensions that exist for many of us between duty and desire.’
Australian Book Review

‘A brilliant piece of writing…compelling, engaging and will bring tears to the eyes…’
Sunday Star Times

‘Toni Jordan’s characters beautifully frame a story of compassion, fun and poignancy.’
Launceston Examiner

‘Every now and then a book comes along that’s brilliantly conceived and tightly written, yet there’s nothing flashy about it. I think Australian writer Toni Jordan’s third novel, Nine Days, falls into the rare and wonderful category…Each of the nine voices is distinct and brimming with personality and by the finish every part of the jigsaw fits perfectly and you see the whole sweep of this romantic, thoughtful, heartbreaking story…Jordan’s previous novels, Addition and Fall Girl, were smart sassy and humorous. Nine Days has taken her to another level. More serious than her previous work but with the same astute observations, brightness and wit, its a sensitive and beautiful novel, a slice of Australia’s working-class history, that is a joy to read.’
NZ Herald on Sunday

‘This novel is a triumph. Another signal career in Australian fiction is well under way.’
The Australian

‘Jordan’s triumph is in the structure and scope of this novel set in working-class Richmond, starting and ending indeed in 1939 but spreading out an ensuing 70 years to solve a mystery and build a love story.’
Adelaide Advertiser

‘The suspense is frequently nail-biting, and there’s a strong undertow of unspecified doom, but the book is far from gloomy because Jordan has a fine line in wit too, not to mention the natural storyteller’s ability to keep us guessing about where it’s all going…beautifully constructed…’
Daily Mail UK

'Jordan is the master of keeping a lot of characters in play.'
Book Riot

'Told in nine different voices, this is an unforgettable story of love and family.'
The Chuckanut Reader

'Read and enjoy this novel not just for its perfect historical snapshots, but for its engaging tale of family and how love binds us all together. This is a poignant, beautiful work and is most highly recommended.'
Historical Novels Review

About the Author

Toni Jordan has a BSc. in physiology and qualifications in marketing and professional writing. Her debut novel, Addition, was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award and longlisted for the Miles Franklin in 2009, and has been published in sixteen countries.

Customer Reviews

Very good easy read.
Robyn Dunne
Three decades of family intertwined with love, intrigue, sorrow and happiness.
Andrew Thorpe
Very well written and moves along at a fast pace with likeable characters.
Jeanette Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lamplyter on September 8, 2012
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Toni Jordan's first novel, Addition, was an absolute delight. Her second, Fall Girl, didn't impress me as much but this novel, Nine Days, is simply an outstanding achievement. It comprises nine chapters, each told from the point-of-view of a member of four generations of the Westaway family, or someone at least very closely connected to them. It starts with Kip, just prior to the commencement of the second world war, skips to and fro to encompass a day on the life of his daughters, his grandson, his mother, neighbour, brother, etc ending finally, and unforgettably, with Connie, his sister. Each chapter is integral to another not just in terms of character but also as a result of isolated, seemingly random developments that connect, and impact upon, one life after another. As life does. My goodness this is good. This is very, very good. And all of this brilliant story-telling was inspired by a war-time photograph of a young soldier and his sweetheart stealing one last kiss as the troop train takes him off to an unknown fate. Each chapter is so compelling, so fizzing with emotion and event and momentum that you never want it to end because you simply don't want to leave that character...just...yet. But before long you are once again completely immersed in the next chapter, the next character, who takes you off on an equally irresistible journey that again seems to end leaving you wanting more. I couldn't put this book down and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Toni Jordan is a funny, funny woman and a truly talented writer. You will laugh and cry with this novel, and you will be very glad you read it. My only quibble is it was too short!! I could have read double the word-length and still yearned for more. Congratulations, Toni Jordan. This is quite an achievement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lilian Topic on July 6, 2013
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This is a terrific happy sad family saga set in Richmond in Melbourne. The characters across generations of the family are lovable and the story is gripping. A good read for anyone who likes family sagas and a bittersweet story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sue on November 5, 2012
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Toni never fails to entertain. This was an intriguing ,book with well thought out characters. I could visualize the places and was kept wanting to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cath on October 26, 2012
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You don't have to work to get into this story. The characters pull you in immediately. I liked the characters, the time span and the setting.
Toni Jordan certainly doesn't write to a formula. Each book has been quite different and been around an interesting idea. This one works well.
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Nine Days by Toni Jordan

It is 1939 in Richmond, a working class suburb of Melbourne, Australia.
Men and boys are enlisting to go to war and the general mood is restlessness in this neighborhood where everybody knows each others' business and a certain class distinction is tacitly determined by how far up the hill of this street you happen live.

The story follows the lives of one family, the Westaways, and the lives of a few people close to them who's own lives are in some way touched by knowing them.
The Westaway's live halfway up the hill and so, consider themselves marginally better off than those at the bottom of the hill, yet aspire to a life further up.

Times are hard and we are drawn into the persona of each individual member of this family, as they narrate their current circumstances and how they are personally affected by their own place in the scheme of things.
As time goes by we start to see the broader picture and the possible consequences of even the smallest of previously made decisions or actions. How the seemingly insignificant gesture of giving a young boy a coin can make such an imprint as to last across time and, in some way, touch so many.

We are given a microscopic look into the lives of these people and their interactions with each other over time, so that it is easy to note just how complicated life can be, and how one really small and seemingly insignificant action now, can have unimagined ramifications...not always immediately, but sometimes even generations later.

This is a very thought provoking and clever novel that shows how we interact naturally with each other on a day to day basis, not giving a thought to possible consequences or the flow on effects of even the smallest gestures.
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Toni Jordan. One of the few Australian authors who can count me as their number one fan. She is simply stellar. A true genius, crafting softly worded tales about complex characters which punch you in the stomach, leaving you winded and on the verge of tears. She has a wonderful ability to truly capture a very Australian spirit without being cliche or kitsch. And while I generally loathe Australian fiction, Jordan does something that really grabs me – it is as though she brings to life the esse of a slippery Australian identity which is fraught with angst and loneliness and beauty.

Not only does Jordan weave a masterful story, but she does it so tenderly over generations. In this novel each of the central characters is given a chapter of their own which unfolds their role in the larger narrative. The Sydney Morning Herald calls Nine Days a “sprawling family drama” but I didn’t feel this sense of vastness or distance in Jordan’s telling. Quite the opposite, I felt a closeness that I see in many families; my own included. I found Jordan’s book to be sensitive, shocking at times and definitely loaded with a wonderful empathy that only became evident once the struggles of the individual characters had cleared to make way for the depth that hovers in this text. I loved that each character was so separated, described as having their own lives, their own problems and quirks, yet at the same time was so invested in the extended family – past and present – and so much a product of the influences of all these family members. “Like so many things that shape us, it’s the smallest actions that add up to leave the deepest marks.”

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Toni Jordan's debut novel, the international best-seller Addition, was published by Text in 2008 and shortlisted for both the Barbara Jefferis award and the ABIA best general fiction book, longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and won best debut fiction in the 2008 Indie awards. Addition was a Women's Weekly Great Read and in the UK was a Richard and Judy Summer Read, and it won best themed fiction from the UK Medical Journalists Association. Addition was published in 16 countries and has been optioned for film.

Her second novel, Fall Girl, was published in Australia, the UK, Germany, France and Taiwan. Her third novel, Nine Days, has been published to wide acclaim.
 
Toni teaches Novel in RMIT's acclaimed Professional Writing and Editing course. Her short stories and articles have appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Courier Mail, the Herald Sun, the Australian and the Monthly. 

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