Whisky and Charlie are identical twins. But everything about them is poles apart. It’s got so bad that Charlie can’t even bear to talk to his brother anymore – until a freak accident steals Whisky from his family, and Charlie has to face the fact he may never speak to his brother again.
‘It is rare to encounter fiction that will appeal to adults and Young Adults alike that so intelligently explores the downright messiness of family relationships through adult characters; rarer still to find an author who writes of traumatic injury and the looming shadow of death with such verve and sensitivity.’ —Australian Book Review
Annabel’s first novel, A New Map of the Universe, was published by UWA Publishing in 2005, chosen as their flagship novel to launch their adult fiction series. Her first novel was shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Book Awards. Annabel holds a PhD in Writing.
‘A wonderfully written novel …’ —The Examiner
‘… by far the enduring sense of this novel is of having been in the hands of a storyteller with more than just a good story, one with something to say about how to live, and the energy and pluck to say it.’ —The Australian
‘Smith captures perfectly the nuanced relationship and the competitiveness between the two young men … The novel’s structure works extremely well, and should make it a favourite with book clubs.’ —Bookseller+Publisher
‘This moving tale of brotherly love and rivalry is the perfect way to learn the two-way alphabet, by heart.’ —Danielle Wood
‘There may be more endearing characters than the flawed and flailing Charlie Ferns, but I can’t remember the last time I met one. From Alpha to Zulu, the immensity of impending loss is the backdrop to this funny and compassionate novel about the messiness of love, of families—of all the things that really matter.’ —Amanda Curtin
‘Her fresh, well-written and uniquely constructed novel provides an entertaining read while reminding us to step out and see the bigger picture.’ —The West Australian
‘a beautifully written love story crafted in a unique and fascinating way.’ Buzzwords ‘Smith’s style is fresh and elegant.’ —Readings Monthly
‘It is this drama and emotional messiness of families that gives this warm, charming tale such immense heart.’ —Subiaco Post