The Coast by Eleanor Limprecht – Our Review


Our Review…
From author, Eleanor Limprecht, comes ‘The Coast’, a truly remarkable historical fiction championing the power of love and strength.

At only nine years of age, Alice is taken to the infamous Coast hospital at Little Bay off the coast of Sydney.

It’s 1910, and once Alice arrives at the quarantine centre she is reunited with her mother, who mysteriously disappeared when she was just two years of age.

Soon Alice discovers that her mother is suffering with the much-feared disease, leprosy, and that she too is facing the same fate.

Over time, the isolated refuge becomes her entire world, and she begins to understand herself through her only human contact, the other patients and medical staff who run the facility.

When one day, Alice meets Guy, a recent arrival to the shut off community and an Indigenous man injured in World War I, her small world, life opens as her heart and mind swell.

‘The Coast’ is expertly crafted, filled with striking, little-known history of the Coast Hospital and its isolated treatment of thousands of people suffering with leprosy. It is atmospheric and soul capturing, an incredible story of courage, resilience and hope amidst unimaginable injustice.
Review by Lydia @ Great Escape Books