Project Description

26 July 2022
RRP: $29.99
ISBN: 9781922711670
Paperback,  288 pages
208 x 135 mm
Fiction / Literary

For media enquiries please contact publicity:
T: (03) 8695 9627


Time and Tide in Sarajevo

by Bronwyn Birdsall

Evelyn is teaching English in Sarajevo, a beautiful city still recovering almost two decades after the long and brutal siege in the 1990s.

Life in the city is tenuous yet welcoming. Dedicated to her work preparing high-schoolers for a scholarship that could change the course of their lives, Evelyn feels more herself here than at home in Australia. But when the teenage son of a local hero is stabbed and it seems like a cover-up will let the killer go free, Sarajevans take to the streets in protest.

When Evelyn discovers evidence that could ignite the volatile situation, putting both her students’ ambitions and her friendships at risk, she faces an impossible decision.

Gripping and heartfelt, Time and Tide in Sarajevo asks: how do we find hope in a world that feels beyond repair?

PRAISE for Time and Tide in Sarajevo

‘In Time and Tide in Sarajevo Birdsall constructs an intricate world, where old pain and contemporary frustration ignite and hope and despair are tightly woven. A tinderbox of a novel. Finely-crafted and absorbing.’ Jessie Cole, author of Staying

‘A fine thread of tension and mystery binds this beautiful, gentle story. Time and Tide in Sarajevo is both fascinating and touching, encompassing lovely details of life in Sarajevo.’ Mirandi Riwoe, author of Stone Sky Gold Mountain

‘A vivid and compelling novel that goes right to the beating heart of modern-day Sarajevo.’ Marele Day, author of Lambs of God

Time and Tide in Sarajevo hooked me from page one. Bronwyn Birdsall has written a triumph of a book – a tender, careful, beautiful love letter to a city and its people that grapples with belonging and the possibility of repair. I couldn’t put this page-turner down!’ Sarah Sentilles, author of Draw Your Weapons

About the Author

Bronwyn Birdsall grew up in Sydney. At the age of twenty-four, she moved to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and worked as an English teacher. The four years she spent there provided the inspiration for her first novel, Time and Tide in Sarajevo. Her writing centres around contemporary life and finding meaning in the everyday. Bronwyn writes from her home on Bundjalung Country, in Northern New South Wales.