On a radiant day in Sydney, four adults converge on Circular Quay, site of the iconic Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Crowds of tourists mix with the locals, enjoying the glorious surroundings and the play of light on water. But each of the four carries a complicated history from elsewhere; each is haunted by past intimacies, secrets and guilt: Ellie is preoccupied by her sexual experiences as a girl, James by a tragedy for which he feels responsible, Catherine by the loss of her beloved brother in Dublin and Pei Xing by her imprisonment during China's Cultural Revolution. Told over the course of a single Saturday, "Five Bells" describes four lives which chime and resonate, sharing mysterious patterns and symbols. But it is a fifth person, a child, whose presence at the Quay haunts the day and who will overshadow everything that unfolds. By night-time, when Sydney is drenched in a rainstorm, each life has been transformed. "Five Bells" is a novel of singular beauty and power by one of Australia's most gifted novelists.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

April 2012 : UK Hardback

Title: Five Bells
Author(s): Gail Jones
ISBN: 1-4448-1066-9 / 978-1-4448-1066-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Ltd
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March 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: Five Bells
Author(s): Gail Jones
ISBN: 1-84655-402-0 / 978-1-84655-402-5 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

March 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Five Bells
Author(s): Gail Jones
ISBN: 0-09-954898-4 / 978-0-09-954898-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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February 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Five Bells
Author(s): Gail Jones
ISBN: 1-250-00373-3 / 978-1-250-00373-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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February 2012 : Paperback
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Title: Five Bells: A Novel
Author(s): Gail Jones
Publisher: Picador
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December 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Five Bells
Author(s): Gail Jones
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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February 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Five Bells: A Novel
Author(s): Gail Jones
Publisher: Picador
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