In The Pea Pickers, a novel based on Eve Langley's own experiences, Steve and Blue are two girls who, dressed as men, are taken on as itinerant workers for the farmers of Gippsland. They pack apples and pick peas. But their disguise is partial - and their quest is for love. For Blue the novel ends in marriage; but not for Steve. For her, desire is never straightforward, and love - for men, for women, for country - leaves her confused, but independent.
About the Author
Eve Langley (1904-74) was the daughter of Arthur Alexander Langley and Mira Davidson. Her father, of Irish descent, was an itinerant agricultural labourer and a talented violinist. He persuaded Mira, the daughter of a well-established Gippsland farming family, to elope with him. Because of this union, Mira was disinherited and spent her life in poverty. When Arthur died, she took her daughters and returned to Gippsland to manage a hotel at Crossover for her brother. The family moved to Brunswick and later to Dandenong.
Series: A&R classics
For Ages: 14 - 15 years old
For Grades: 10 - 12
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st March 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.38