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Whisky Charlie Foxtrot

Written by Annabel Smith


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Whisky and Charlie are identical twins. But everything about them is poles apart. It’s got so bad that Charlie can’t even bear to talk to his brother anymore – until a freak accident steals Whisky from his family, and Charlie has to face the fact he may never speak to his brother again.

‘A wonderfully written novel …’ The Examiner

‘It is rare to encounter fiction that will appeal to adults and Young Adults alike that so intelligently explores the downright messiness of family relationships through adult characters; rarer still to find an author who writes of traumatic injury and the looming shadow of death with such verve and sensitivity.’ Australian Book Review

‘… by far the enduring sense of this novel is of having been in the hands of a storyteller with more than just a good story, one with something to say about how to live, and the energy and pluck to say it.’ The Australian

‘Smith captures perfectly the nuanced relationship and the competitiveness between the two young men … The novel’s structure works extremely well, and should make it a favourite with book clubs.’ Books+Publishing

‘This moving tale of brotherly love and rivalry is the perfect way to learn the two-way alphabet, by heart.’ Danielle Wood

‘There may be more endearing characters than the flawed and flailing Charlie Ferns, but I can’t remember the last time I met one. From Alpha to Zulu, the immensity of impending loss is the backdrop to this funny and compassionate novel about the messiness of love, of families — of all the things that really matter.’ Amanda Curtin

‘Her fresh, well-written and uniquely constructed novel provides an entertaining read while reminding us to step out and see the bigger picture.’ The West Australian

‘a beautifully written love story crafted in a unique and fascinating way.’ Buzzwords

‘Smith’s style is fresh and elegant.’ Readings Monthly

‘It is this drama and emotional messiness of families that gives this warm, charming tale such immense heart.’ Subiaco Post


Most Underrated Book Award (Shortlisted 2013)

ISBN 9781922089144 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (208 x 140mm) (Paperback)
Categories New Adult
Award Winning
Mother's Day 2021
Book Club Reads
Pages 304
Publication Year 2012
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Annabel Smith

    Annabel Smith is the author of Whisky Charlie Foxtrot, A New Map of the Universe, which was shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Book Awards, and a digital interactive novel/app The Ark. Her short fiction and non-fiction has been published in Southerly, Westerly, and Kill Your Darlings. She holds a PhD in Writing, is an Australia Council Creative Australia Fellow, and is a member of the editorial board of Margaret River Press. Read more