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An outback family saga that will knock your hat off. It's funny, poignant and completely unexpected. You won't be able to stop thinking about it. Di's twelfth novel opens in New Zealand in the 1960s. The Mitchell family has run a prosperous sheep farm for generations and the youngest daughter, Sally, has just turned 20. She rides to the hounds and leads an indulged life. That is, until she shocks her parents by becoming involved with an older man. Scandalised, they try to pack her off to England, but Sally doesn't make it. After a wild spree in Sydney she's cashed in her ticket and, hell bent on adventure, takes a job as a governess on a remote cattle station - Barra Creek - in the Gulf country of Cape York. Untamed and crocodile infested, it's a land of deserts, jungles and wide rivers. Then the great stations were run by men who were loners and women who had to cope or leave. Decades later, in 2003, Sally learns a secret that will change many lives - including her own - and leave readers horrified on one hand, and smiling and crying on the other.
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If you’re a fan of the television show ‘McLeod’s Daughters’ and like a good epic saga filled with larger-than-life characters, emotions and situations, then Di Morrissey’s latest book Barra Creek is for you. Set in Queensland’s Gulf country in the 1960s, we follow 21-year-old Sally as she leaves her privileged New Zealand life to become a governess on a remote cattle station at Barra Creek run by a matriarch called Lorna. The story is told retrospectively, opening with Lorna escaping from an old people’s home to track down Sally to share with her a terrible secret from their Barra Creek days. While the plot is at times suspenseful and engaging, it can also be a bit formulaic and predictable. And yet, while there is little subtlety in the characters, they are still likeable and believable. Morrissey’s easy writing style lures the reader into the world at Barra Creek with its heat, flies, crocodile-infested rivers, camel racing, rodeos, wild brumbies and fatal wildlife. Barra Creek overflows with iconic Australian material—real Crocodile Dundee territory. But there is one exception: the imperialist view of Australians in the 1960s towards the Indigenous people—a confronting part of an otherwise easy read. Michelle Atkins is a freelance writer. C. 2003 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors

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