WIN 1 of 20 copies of the novel The Sisters’ Song by Louise Allan, thanks to Allen & Unwin.

Set in rural Tasmania from the 1920s to the 1990s, The Sisters’ Song traces the lives of two very different sisters. One for whom giving and loving are her most natural qualities and the other who cannot forgive and forget.

As children, Ida loves looking after her younger sister, Nora, but when their beloved father dies in 1926, everything changes. The two young girls move in with their grandmother who is particularly encouraging of Nora’s musical talent. Nora eventually follows her dream of a brilliant musical career, while Ida takes a job as a nanny and their lives become quite separate.

The two sisters are reunited when Nora’s life takes an unwelcome direction and she finds herself, embittered and resentful, isolated in the Tasmanian bush with a husband and children.

Ida longs passionately for a family and when she marries Len, a reliable and good man, she hopes to soon become a mother. Over time, it becomes clear that this is never likely to happen. In Ida’s eyes, it seems that Nora possesses everything in life that could possibly matter yet she values none of it.

The Sisters’ Song speaks of dreams, children and family, all entwined with a musical thread that binds them together.


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  • My favourite family memories are experiencing anything new with my girls the excitement and them learning new things makes me happy to see them happy.

  • Playing ‘ghost busters’ with my sisters. We still laugh about it 20 Years later

  • Playing Chinese checkers on a Friday night eating fish & chips & watching movie in our modest living room.

  • My favourite family memory is driving around in my fathers delivery truck while he did his cordial deliveries, I spent so many hours driving all around the state, It’s a memory I will always treasure.

  • As my pa has passed now. My favourite is of him getting his ute bogged in the river one easter while the whole family were camping. All the grand kids were having a ride in the trailer and had just gotten out. Its one story that comes up every year

  • Playing with my sister especially with the skipping rope and playing the various song games

  • My last trip to Shoal Bay with my Dad, Mum and my eldest son Dylan in 2005. It was the last time my Dad got to go there as he passed away in 2006. He was always so happy in that place and so was I.

  • My fifth birthday present of a “proper” knife and fork set – with green handles. Still child-size, but I have them still and use the knife as a butter knife – my granddaughters love that they can use it for themselves without having to ask – but they jostle each other to see who gets to it first!

  • Going to the beach with dad to see how the surf is today

  • The last Christmas with my Nanna and Pop both alive. We were all together laughing, eating, drinking and being merry. Such great memories.

  • All my family memories are favourites. My family have been pivotal in my life from the day I was born. We have throughout our years of growing up always stayed, played, supported and loved each other immensely. My fondest memory is the love and wonderful life we shared.

  • At Christmas we celebrated my great grandmother’s 100th birthday and had a massive water fight. In honour of her birthday, she got the hose and no-one was allowed to return fire. The sight of her laughing as she shot my grandpa in the face will stay with me forever.

  • It’s got to be playing cricket in the backyard with the whole family. I can just remember everyone having such fun, no cares or worries. Brilliant memory!

  • Growing up on a property with lots of space to play, learn to drive, bonfires, ride bikes and motorbikes. I feel very fortunate to have had that in my life. Such a great experience.

  • When I was 4 years old we visited my father’s family in Ireland. Together with my family and cousins, we saw the movie Annie. I now associate Annie with this adventure and smile at the memory.

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