From the bestselling author of Pieces of Blue and The Waddi Tree comes a spellbinding novel about loyalty, friendship and first love.
Young Billy Martin runs from home, burying his past in the quest for a future. He finds it in Queensland's spectacular Gulf Country, on the sprawling cattle runs. The Gulf breeds tough men, and Billy is quickly drawn to the excitement and adventure of working with the fiery cattleman and ex-con, Blake Reilly, and his daughter, Jo.
Billy finds mateship, danger and romance in the Gulf, but he also finds an untamed land with a history of violence. In the brooding heat and unpredictable storms, the future he had sought unfolds - in ways as turbulent and unexpected as the country itself - and Billy discovers a place where he can at last belong.
PRAISE FOR KERRY McGINNIS
'Heartbreaking one moment but full of hope with the turn of the page.' Adelaide Advertiser
'McGinnis has an ear for the colloquialisms of the bush and keen eyes when it comes to realising the landscape.' The Age
'A compelling read...The landscape flourishes briefly to create tranquil moments of intense beauty and serenity. This is the strange allure of the Gulflands and the essence of McGinnis' passionate storytelling.' HOBART MERCURY
'Anything McGinnis writes begs to be read aloud around a campfire.' COUNTRY STYLE
About the Author
Kerry McGinnis was born in Adelaide and, at the age of twelve, took up a life of droving with her father and three siblings. The family travelled extensively across the Northern Territory and Queensland before settling on a station in the Gulf Country. Kerry has worked as a shepherd, droving hand, gardener, stock-camp and station cook, eventually running a property at Bowthorn, near Mount Isa. She is the author of two volumes of memoir and now lives in Bundaberg.
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Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 22nd November 2010
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.1 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 19.9
Edition Number: 1