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When Sirens Call

When Sirens Call


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Young Australian Belinda Babchek doesn’t know if she was pushed or is running away from her life in Melbourne. Abandoning her transitory existence in Madrid, she flees across Europe, first to Germany, then to Greece. There, invisible threads from the past bring her into the orbit of Robert Aimard, Englishman, novelist and inn-keeper, a man living with a loss that haunts him daily. Their casual meeting grows to engulf them and tragically change their lives forever.

This poetic and beautiful book examines with a rare honesty the fascinating terrain of the human psyche, the landscape of thought and feeling buried below the trite and stupid preoccupations of global consumerism. It is only fitting that it is set in Greece, cradle of Western civilisation.

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Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.  

James Joyce, Ulysses

This book is full of monsters. Not the physical kind but the ones that always hold me, the intellectual kind. It is a book of ideas, of philosophies and of characters. People who leap out at you, people you’ve met or would have liked to. Fictional and real people — the paradox of good writing.

Danny Fahey, author


 About the Author


Paul David Adkin was born in England and grew up in Melbourne where he obtained a degree in literature and drama from Rusden. Since then he has worked in the theatre, directing and writing plays. After marrying Isabel Martin, Paul moved to Madrid where he has formed three theatre companies. In the millennium Paul and his wife started holidaying in the Greek Islands. His short story Kalimera won the Eyelands competition in 2012 and was translated into Greek.