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?
From the Author
Time and Time in Sarajevo is inspired by the years I lived in Sarajevo – a place rich in beauty and history. I was 24 when I moved there in 2007, eleven years after the end of the long and brutal siege of the city.
After returning to Australia in 2011, I couldn’t stop thinking about everything I’d seen and heard, asking myself – how do I find hope in a world that can feel beyond repair? What does it mean to have given up on a future?
One morning before work in 2016, I found myself writing a scene that took me by surprise. By the time I was running for my bus, I had figured out the basics of a story that took me several years to solve, like a puzzle.
Set over a few days, I think it's about friendship, loyalty and finding your place in the world. I hope it captures the city's warmth, humour, and atmosphere. The protagonist Evelyn is similar in age and background to me, but responds to life very differently than I do. Through her, I got to experience the city again with a fresh perspective. I think it’s deepened my understanding of Sarajevo, and maybe even given me some answers to those questions.
Bronwyn Birdsall je Australijanka koja je od 2007. do 2011. živjela u Sarajevu, gdje je predavala engleski jezik. Njen prvi roman, ‘Time and Tide in Sarajevo’, inspirisan je njenim životom u Sarajevu i neraskidivom vezom koju je izgradila sa tim gradom. Poznata američka spisateljica Sarah Sentilles opisuje ga kao “trijumf knjige – nježno, prekrasno ljubavno pismo gradu i njegovim ljudima koji se bore sa osjećajem pripadnosti i mogućnošću iscjeljenja.”
Roman izlazi u Australiji 26. jula 2022. u izdanju Affirm Press. Intervju sa Bronwyn možete pročitati ovdje.
Photos by Moamer Kasumović, Sarajevo, 2010
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‘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 and Stranger Care
‘A vivid and compelling novel that goes right to the beating heart of modern-day Sarajevo.’
Marele Day, author of Lambs of God
‘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
'In Time and Tide in Sarajevo, Bronwyn 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 and Desire