The Year It All Ended

Kirsty Murray

The Year It All Ended
Murdoch Books
27 August 2014

The Year It All Ended

Kirsty Murray

On Tiney Flynn’s seventeenth birthday, every church bell tolled as if heralding a new year, a new era. Tiney stood in the garden, purple jacaranda petals fluttering down around her. One by one, her sisters came outside to join her; first Nette, then Minna and lastly Thea.

It was 11 November 1918. Armistice Day. For Tiney and her sisters, everything is about to change, but not in the way they might have imagined. Building peace is complicated; so is growing up. From tragedy to undreamt-of joy, from weddings to seances, from masked balls to riots in the streets, Tiney’s world will be transformed. At the end of the war and the dawn of the Jazz Age, Tiney Flynn must face her greatest fears and begin a journey that will change her destiny.


1918 should have been the ‘year it all ended’ for 17-year-old Tiney Flynn and her family, as the Great War finally comes to an end and family and friends eagerly await the return of loved ones. But Tiney’s battles have just begun as her beloved family fractures.

Struggling to make sense of her brother’s death, she embarks on a courageous journey from the safety of Adelaide to the devastation of war-torn Europe as she seeks her brother’s grave and uncovers a family mystery. In searching for the pieces of the puzzle, Tiney attempts to gather her shattered family back together, and although her courage ensures it will flourish, she knows that things can never be the same.

Tiney’s story is of one young woman’s battle to rebuild a family broken by war; it’s the story of those who were left behind to make sense of a senseless tragedy. Award-winning author Kirsty Murray has taken on the heroic task of bringing history to life by successfully condensing into one book what was surely material for three! Highly recommended for ages 14 and up.

Athina Clarke

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