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Gone Fishing, the sequel to the bestselling The Briny Café, is a heart-warming, inspirational novel about taking a stand against all the odds. For bargeman Sam Scully, life in Cook’s Basin is nothing short of paradise. A wonderland of golden sand and turquoise waters, battered old tinnies and wonky pontoons, it’s a realm unspoilt by the modern world. But then a notice goesGone Fishing, the sequel to the bestselling The Briny Café, is a heart-warming, inspirational novel about taking a stand against all the odds. For bargeman Sam Scully, life in Cook’s Basin is nothing short of paradise. A wonderland of golden sand and turquoise waters, battered old tinnies and wonky pontoons, it’s a realm unspoilt by the modern world. But then a notice goes up in the Square that screams ‘EXCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT! ’Paradise is about to be ripped apart. With plans underway to build a flash resort in the heart of their community, the residents leap into action - with Sam as their leader, and a twelve-foot papier-mache cockatoo as their mascot . . . But it'’s never going to be easy to turn the tide of ‘progress’. Meanwhile there'’s trouble brewing at the Briny Café. Kate Jackson is struggling to come to terms with the dreadful secret spilled on her mother'’s deathbed. And as for Kate'’s co-owner, Ettie Brookbank… Well, what is happening to Ettie?...

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Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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Gone Fishing Reviews

  • Dale Harcombe
    2018-11-23 02:26

    Three and a half stars. Having read and enjoyed The Briny Cafe I was keen to read this sequel. It was interesting to catch up with Sam, Jimmy, Ettie, Marcus, Kate, the Misses Skettle with their fascination for wearing pink and others of the Cook’s Basin community. In this novel, Sam and the residents are up against a developer that wants to build an expensive resort. It’s a lovely about the little guys of a community taking on those with clout. In that sense it reminded me a little of the movie ‘The Castle.’ Although the story with battle for Garrawi Park, Cutter Island, is interesting and at times inventive it is the characters that drive this story.At the same time there is the story of Kate and the secrets she is left to deal with by her mother, with whom she never got along. There is also the continuing romance between her and Sam. For me that never quiet rang true but that may be because I struggled to like Kate and see what Sam obviously saw in her. Sam and the others are gems. While I enjoyed it and was certainly cheering on the community trying to save their park and their lifestyle, I didn’t love it as much as some others did. I found with this book was some sentences or lots of words clumped together like a dense scrub. These left me glazing over wondering where the editor was. Other sentences were so vivid and s descriptive like those one where, ‘The trio is silent while the moon plays chords on the water.’ It was hard to equate the two types of writing in the one book. One thing I loved was Timothy O’Reilly’s description of the difference between sex or obsession and love. ‘You read greatness and glory into a condition that’s as old as time, telling yourself this is the love of a lifetime, that it would be pure madness to deny yourself. But it’s not love, is it? Not when it puts the welfare and happiness of others at risk... Love endures. Mad passion - which is essentially what I felt for Emily – is unsustainable.’ There is more but that’s enough to give you the idea. Emily was Kate’s mother. Passages like that coupled with most of the cast of eccentric characters made me glad I read it.

  • Brenda
    2018-11-16 22:02

    Sam Scully was happy cruising the waters of Cook’s Basin in the Mary Kay, bargeman for the past twenty years, delivering in and around the area where friends were always there for each other. Jimmy, Sam’s young deck-hand or first mate as he liked to call him, with pup Longfellow to keep him company was invariably at Sam’s side, working hard and saving for his first car – a ute like Sam’s.But suddenly the peace and tranquillity of the area was shattered – signs appeared stating their wonderful Garrawi Park was going to be demolished to make way for a residential development – a flashy resort for tourists, ripping out the beauty in a heartbeat. Sam didn’t know what to do, but with the backing of a furious community, they formed a committee, made Sam their leader and headed into the fray, determined to stop the craziness before it even started.As the battle intensified, the politicians showed their true colours; “goons” in black suits and dark glasses appeared with threats, some of which were carried out. But digging deeply into the lives of some, secrets were uncovered. The residents of Cook’s Basin forged ahead; they would fight to the end, never backing down….but would they succeed? And with the “Save Garrawi Park” campaign in full swing, Kate Jackson, share owner of the Briny Café, along with Ettie Brookbank, had her own troubles to contend with. The final words from her mother were a tremendous shock; would she find any answers or would she have uncertainty with her always? This, the sequel to The Briny Café is as heartwarming and delightful as the first book. A story of the determination of a community to do what is right, and to save what is theirs from the greed of others. A thoroughly entertaining read, but I would recommend reading The Briny Café first, if you haven’t already done so.With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy to read and review.

  • ☼♄Jülie 
    2018-11-18 23:16

    I received this advance kindle copy from NetGalley & Random House Australia in exchange for an honest review.*May contain spoilers*Gone Fishing by Susan Duncan is the sequel to The Briny Cafe.This is the fourth Susan Duncan book I have read, and the second in this series. I'm sorry to say I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the previous three which I had purchased....I found that some of the behavioral traits of established lead character...a bit hard to believe and thought she lacked any sense of real character and personality in this particular book. Her character was portrayed as pretty cold and insensitive in this book, where I don't recall her being quite that way in the previous book. So it left me feeling a bit disappointed in her, like she hadn't been afforded the attention that a lead character was almost as though she was getting in the way of the real story and it was easier to just make her disappear now and again without much warning or adequate explanation, rather than give her a meaningful part to play.Given her starring role, I thought Kate lacked both personality and place, and although her sudden disappearances were explained further on in the story, the explanations didn't quite satisfy or [to my mind] justify her erratic felt like she had become surplus to the "current" story, even though she was still a major player.This might not be noticeable to readers who have not read the previous book, but having followed these characters throughout, I had a particular understanding and expectation of their already established relationships within their community as well as their individual idiosyncrasies. So, especially with Kate, I kept wondering what was going on and unfortunately, was left wanting. It seemed like she was being written off, without being written out??As a stand alone book it reads quite well and keeps the reader interested with its plot twists and very likeable and colorful, resident characters, with some very good Aussie witticisms and slang being used in appropriate proportion.I think Susan Duncan portrayed the character of Jimmy with beautifully observant and sensitive accuracy, making him a genuine standout star with a delightfully credible personality that really shines through.She also has a keen eye for detail when describing the lovely surroundings, making them visible to the reader's mind.I can well imagine the area becoming very popular to day-visitors with the publication of each book, as it is portrayed in such a favorable light.The books give a lot of credence to the values and benefits of living in a close knit community lifestyle such as the lifestyle of these permanent off shore residents of the Cook's Basin.I could see this becoming a good Aussie television series with its beautiful settings and lovable characters.Another bonus with this book are the recipes on the last pages, which are taken straight off the Menu of the "Briny Cafe", and are all delicious!Followers will know about the legendary Lemon cake recipe which featured regularly in previous books and was printed in the back pages of "Salvation Creek", and was a very popular cake at all community get togethers and other miscellaneous functions for offshorer's.I gave it three stars as opposed to three and a half for the others.

  • Ruth Forbes
    2018-11-12 20:05

    More suspenseful than a couple of her other books, though the same style of writing, which I want to keep reading to the end. Late nights!!

  • Sarah
    2018-11-14 00:12

    Thanks to Random House Australia. The Briny Cafe seemed to strike a chord with borrowers in one of the small rural libraries that I work in. For months it had a reserve list of at least three people and even now never spends more than a few hours on the shelf. It was a little bit of a weird phenomenon, given that in the other two libraries I spend my time in it didn't get any more notice than you'd usually expect for a new title onto the shelves from a relatively unknown author. So when I noticed its sequel, Gone Fishing, on Netgalley I thought it would be worth picking up to see what all the fuss was about. At the very least it would mean I could pass it on to our patrons with the knowledge of a fellow reader.I have to admit, at first I hated Gone Fishing with a passion. The third person present tense just irritated me beyond belief, making it hard to really get to know the characters. Even Sam, the bargeman with a heart of molten gold was hard to find any sympathy for when his actions were described with mind-numbing repetitiveness. I was just slogging through for the sake of good reader's advisory really.And then something happened about half way through. I got drawn into the story, which really wasn't what I expected. What I was expecting was a meaningless, barely there plot story of the good life away from the city, with maybe a little romance and drama thrown in. What I got was a hard-boiled tale of a community's fight against developers. Full of corrupt politicians, crazy cults and big men with dark suits and equally dark glasses. And it's just done so well. Despite all the larger than life goings on, Duncan never strays into the realms of the unbelievable. The story is grounded in characters we recognise, that we know. Our neighbours, our friends, our relatives. The cafe owner starting to hit menopause, the 18-year-old who can barely see past his desire for a car. Gone Fishing might be feel good, but it has grit. It's a guidebook to community activism hiding behind a fair-dinkum Australian yarn. By the time I hit 100%, my qualms about the tense had been overblown by marvelling at the sheer complexity of the thing.I suspect that the tone of Gone Fishing differs somewhat from that of The Briny Cafe, which from all accounts was a fairly light read. I'm looking forward to seeing if it causes the same stir as its predecessor in my rural New Zealand library. Even if it doesn't, I'll be extremely pleased that I read it. It's well worth picking up as a standalone. Just don't expect a light Sunday afternoon read.

  • Karen O'Brien-Hall
    2018-12-11 20:03

    I’m having so much fun reading new releases at present due in no small part to my latest read from Random House Australia, Gone Fishing by Susan Duncan.This is only Susan’s second novel, although she won the 2007 Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award for her memoir, Salvation Creek. If her name seems familiar however it’s because she is a former editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly and New Idea.It’s probably Susan’s background which lends such a chatty, easy-reading style to Gone Fishing but this is no fluff and kerfuffle story; it embodies deep themes of conservation, “we the people” pitting ourselves against big business/government, and the power of the media, good and bad. The novel is played out against the beautiful background of the offshore islands in the New South Wales area of Pittwater. Despite the islanders taking on the fight of their lives, “makin’ history”, the people are never obscured by the story. Using the Briny Café as the central meeting place for islanders we get to know Ettie, Marcus, Jimmy, Sam, Kate the Misses Skettle and so many more characters who inhabit the fictional islands. Interwoven with the fictional characters is Jack Munday, a name and personality very familiar to “Starts at Sixty” readers, who gave permission to the author to “fictionalise” one of his many conservation battles. In her disclaimer at the end of the book, Susan sets the fiction firmly into reality and introduces us to the real persons, location and events included in the novel, including her late husband, represented by journalist Paul Delaney. There are also recipes for Ettie’s meals served in The Briny Café.Thoroughly recommend this novel and look forward to more from Susan Duncan.

  • The Twins
    2018-11-19 20:17

    Oh what a struggle - up to chapter 20 I didn't give up hope that it could improve but it just didn't happen...I struggled with about everything. Too many words packed into the sentences ("Sam, unsure since the thumping disaster of his unintentionally light-hearted dismissal of Kate's intense labours, whether he's still invited to a post-prandial- as his dad used to say to his mum with a nod and a wink - assignation at her home, stays seated.") The whole storyline was obvious and predictable apart from maybe a little twist with Kate's family history. I couldn't get close to any of the characters, couldn't see any attraction between Kate and Sam. It's a weird feeling if you read a book and can't imagine what the main charaters look like - maybe Ettie was the closest. I also really would have loved a map at the beginning, which I normally don't refer to in other books but it would have help with this book.

  • Lili
    2018-12-12 23:32

    I haven't read the Briny Cafe, but this book was still enjoyable and easy to read (and I have now added the first book to my reading list!) It was a bit like the Castle but a community fighting for their land rather than a single family. It felt a little rushed at the end, but overall it was a very fun, light-hearted read and I hope there are more books to come featuring the Cook Basin community.

  • Jay
    2018-12-03 02:31

    I had read Salvation Creek, The House at Salvation Creek, and The Briny Cafe, so looked forward to reading this latest book by Susan Duncan. I really struggled with this novel as it stretched credibility in a way the previous books did not. Two storylines failed to engage me. Some repeated expressions, "frigidly cold" for example, used as a noun, grated.

  • Allison
    2018-12-05 04:06

    I have enjoyed reading this book about a small fishing village in New South Wales. The characters are all so real to me although I did get a bit tired of Kate Jackson and her drama. She seems a bit irresponsible just taking off on her personal agendas. I did like the environmental twist to this one with all the Islanders pitching in to save their beloved Park.

  • Cheryl
    2018-11-21 22:32

    Having read all of Susan Duncan's previous books I was looking forward to the follow up to "The Briny Cafe" but must say I struggled to get through it...the environmental aspect of it was good but the storyline with the main characters I think was a bit weak, and I felt the situation with her brother ended very up in the air.

  • Donna
    2018-11-27 03:11

    I've enjoyed reading all of Susan Duncan's novels. Gone Fishing started out slow but I eventually got into it. After reading Salvation Creek, The House and Briny Cafe I visited Scotland Island and fell in love with the area. The books seem more real to me having visited the location. Very Australian.

  • Kerri Jones
    2018-11-17 04:08

    Not as good as it's predecessor The Briny Cafe but enjoyable as a light summer read without too much substance. I would liken these books to the novels written by Maggie Groff but hers are far more well rounded in characters and plot.

  • Dave Lawrence
    2018-11-15 00:08

    This book has its heart in the right place. There are some likeable characters and good triumphs over evil. Unfortunately this doesn't make up for the lazy plot and some pretty unrealistic scenarios.

  • Liz Phillips
    2018-12-01 00:25

    A light easy enjoyable read set around Sydney and it's estuaries and the lives of the people that live there

  • Helen
    2018-11-24 04:19

    This has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world to live. Add loveable eccentric characters, a hero or two and a villain or two, plus a challenge and you have a ripping good yarn.

  • Shelley
    2018-12-11 20:20

    A bit dead in the middle, but a satisfying finish.

  • Leslie Hoggan
    2018-11-18 04:25

    First couple of chapters a bit slow and reiterating the previous book but once you got passed this it was an enjoyable read.

  • Deb
    2018-11-17 02:02

    Another good read from this author, really great holiday light reads

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-02 20:15

    Another lovely story about the delightful people at Cook's Basin.

  • Gosia
    2018-11-26 23:28

    Very disapointing reading compare to Briny Cafe.

  • Caroline
    2018-12-01 01:04

    A lovely follow-on from the Briny Cafe. Good triumphs over evil and the simple things in life are usually the best.

  • Denise
    2018-11-27 21:11

    Really enjoyed this Australian novel, but read The Briny Cafe first

  • Hayley
    2018-12-01 21:14

    After reading Susan Duncan's previous novels I was looking forward to this one. Unfortunately it didn't rate as well as her others. This is a light read with a somewhat flimsy storyline.

  • Terese Stockdale
    2018-11-27 21:19

    Nice easy read but dragged in parts. Love the community feel of the book and the characters.