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Five Bells (2011) is a novel by Australian author Gail Jones.

Five Bells
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AuthorGail Jones
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish
GenreNovel
PublisherVintage, Australia
Publication date
2011
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pages216
ISBN9781864710601
Preceded bySorry 
Followed byA Guide to Berlin 

Contents

Plot summaryEdit

Five Bells concerns four main characters who visit Circular Quay in Sydney on the same day: Ellie, a PhD student; James, a teacher; Catherine, an Irish woman mourning the loss of her brother; and Pei Xing, a Chinese woman.

NotesEdit

Where have you gone? The tide is over you,
The turn of midnight water's over you,
As Time is over you, and mystery,
And memory, the flood that does not flow.
Kenneth Slessor, "Five Bells"

  • "The first debt of this project is to Kenneth Slessor's elegiac poem, "Five Bells" (1939), which returned to me, like a remembered song, one midnight on a ferry in the centre of Circular Quay". (Author's acknowledgements: p. 217)

ReviewsEdit

  • Australian Book Review[1]
  • The Sydney Morning Herald[2]

Awards and nominationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gail Jones: Five Bells" by Felicity Plunkett, Australian Book Review, February 2011
  2. ^ "Five Bells" by Peter Pierce, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 January 2011
  3. ^ "Barbara Jefferis Award Winner 2012"[permanent dead link]