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A sweeping rural saga through four generations of the Gordon family, from bestselling author Nicole Alexander, whose novels go right to the 'heart of Australian storytelling'. Sarah Gordon knows what she wants- the family homestead, Wangallon. When it comes to working the homestead she's a natural but, as a woman, it's not her birthright. Even when her beloved older brother is killed in a tragic accident, nobody looks to Sarah to inherit. Instead her grandfather passes management to Anthony Carrington, who was once Wangallon's jackeroo. Feeling betrayed, Sarah escapes to Sydney to try to put Wangallon behind her. But her heart is pulled in two directions- Sydney with its cafes and social life, her blossoming career as a photographer, and her accountant boyfriend, Jeremy. Or the property that has been in her family for over 120 years, with its floods, its droughts, the ghosts of generations past, and Anthony... Past and present interweave in a story that traces the Gordon family from the arrival of Scottish immigrant Hamish Gordon in Australia in the 1850s to the life of his great-granddaughter, Sarah. 'Alexander writes with a deep love of the land' Courier-Mail

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781864711622
ISBN-10: 1864711620
Format: Paperback / softback
(197mm x 131mm x 33mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Bantam
Publisher: Transworld Publishers (Division of Random House Australia)
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2011
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Bark Cutters by Nicole Alexander - Reviewed by (30 Sep 2011)

This is an enjoyable novel which is likely to appeal to people who like family sagas set in the Australian outback such as MacLeod’s Daughters. A fast-paced story, a likeable heroine, and an evocative country setting make this a memorable book, although it is fairly light-reading.

The tale revolves around Sarah and her love for her family property, Wangallon. Sarah dreams of making a life for herself on the property but when she discovers her parent’s dark secret, she escapes to Sydney. Here she forges a career as a photographer and finds a caring and handsome boyfriend, Jeremy. Eventually, she will have to choose between her busy urban life and country life. She also has to decide whether she really loves Jeremy or the young man who works on the property, Anthony.

Sarah is an intrepid character who has to cope with many of the trials and tribulations of country life, such as floods and droughts. These quintessentially Australian problems are described sensitively and Alexander shines when she writes about country life and characters.

The book also concerns a historical story about Sarah’s ancestor, Hamish, who emigrated to Australia in the nineteenth century. This part of the book isn’t as good as the modern story because it involves complicated shady deals and too many characters. However, it improves further into the book.

I am looking forward to reading more novels by Nicole Alexander, especially the sequel to this one!


Author Biography - Nicole Alexander

A fourth-generation grazier, Nicole returned to her family's property in the early 1990s. She is currently the business manager there and has a hands-on role in the running of the property. Nicole has a Master of Letters in creative writing and her novels, poetry, travel and genealogy articles have been published in Australia, Germany, America and Singapore. She is the author of five novels- The Bark Cutters, A Changing Land, Absolution Creek, Sunset Ridge and The Great Plains (to be released November 2014).

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