In order to get more accurate results, our search has the following Google-Type search functionality:
If you use '+' in front of a word, then that word will be present in the search results.
ex: Harry +Potter will return results with the word 'Potter'.
If you use '-' in front of a word, then that word will be absent in the search results.
ex: Harry -Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
If you use 'AND' between two words, then both of those words will be present in the search results.
ex: Harry AND Potter will return results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'OR' between two words, then bth of those words may or may not be present in the search results.
ex: Harry OR Potter will return results with just 'Harry', results with just 'Potter' and results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'NOT' before a word, then that word will be absent in the search results.
ex: Harry NOT Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
Placing '""' around words will perform a phrase search. The search results will contain those words in that order.
ex: "Harry Potter" will return any results with 'Harry Potter' in them, but not 'Potter Harry'.
Using '*' in a word will perform a wildcard search. The '*' signifies any number of characters. Searches can not start with a wildcard.
ex: Pot*er will return results with words starting with 'Pot' and ending in 'er'. In this case, 'Potter' will be a match.
When Indigenous lawyer Jasmine decides to take her mother Della on a tour of England's most revered literary sites, Jasmine hopes it will bring them closer together and help them reconcile the past.
Twenty-five years earlier the disappearance of Jasmine's older sister devastated their tight-knit community. This tragedy returns to haunt Jasmine and Della when another child mysteriously goes missing on Hampstead Heath. As Jasmine immerses herself in the world of her literary idols – including Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters and Virginia Woolf – Della is inspired to rediscover the wisdom of her own culture and storytelling. But sometimes the stories that are not told can become too great to bear.
Ambitious and engrossing, After Story celebrates the extraordinary power of words and the quiet spaces between. We can be ready to listen, but are we ready to hear?
After Story by Larissa Behrendt is an intergenerational tale of love, loss and family. Set against the backdrop of England’s most revered literary sites, the story alternates between the perspectives of mother, Della, and daughter, Jasmine. Cleverly written and aggressively original, Behrendt celebrates the power of words,both written and oral. Packed with nuance, she uses the spotlight on English literature to highlight the value of stories, even though not all stories are treated equally. Above all, she reminds us that sometimes the best way to find home is to leave it and find yourself first.
I read After Story in a single sitting, captivated not only by the messy exploration of a mother-daughter relationship, but also fascinated by the journey itself, aided by Behrendt’s meticulous attention to historical detail. In a time when travelling cannot be taken for granted, After Story reminded me of what it’s like to explore a new country and tour foreign cities. But despite the distant setting, the book weaves through constant references to Australia’s own rich and ancient cultural history—far older than anything England has to offer. I finished After Story with a sense of hope, as well as the need to immediately find and read all of Larissa Behrendt’s other work.