SANCTUARY – Judy Nunn 

 A riveting portrait of love, hope and survival on an isolated island off Western Australia wherein compassion meets bigotry, hatred meets love, and ultimately despair meets hope on the windswept shores. On a barren island a rickety wooden dinghy runs aground. Aboard are nine people who have no idea where they are. Strangers before the violent storm that tore their vessel apart, the instinct to survive has seen them bond during their days adrift on the vast and merciless ocean. Fate has cast them ashore with only one thing in common – fear. Rassen the doctor, Massoud the student, the child Hamid and the others all fear for their lives. But in their midst is Jalila, who appears to fear nothing. The beautiful young Yazidi woman is a mystery to them all. While they remain undiscovered on the deserted island, they dare to dream of a new life – but 40ks away on the mainland lies the tiny fishing port of Shoalhaven. Here everyone knows everyone, and everyone has their place…