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In the Com­pany of Strangers Liz Byrski, Macmil­lan, $32.99 Dame Ruby Med­way, liv­ing her com­fort­able life in Lon­don, is a cham­pion of the dis­ad­van­taged who has over­come the pain of the no­to­ri­ous post-war child mi­gra­tion scheme. Or so she thinks. A legacy from her old­est friend forces her re­turn to Western Aus­tralia, the scene of so much an­guish. At Ben­son’s Reach, a re­sort in Mar­garet River, she is thrown to­gether with a re­formed al­co­holic, a newly re­leased con­vict, a woman bat­tling empty-nest syn­drome and a ne­glected teenager. As they work to re­store the es­tate to its for­mer glory, their grow­ing trans-gen­er­a­tional friend­ship also helps them re­build their lives, van­quish­ing the tyran­nies of the past. A heart-warm­ing tale about for­give­ness, hope and sec­ond chances. Shel­ley Or­chard ½

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