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Mateship With Birds

Mateship with Birds is a novel about young lust and mature love. It is a hymn to the rhythm of country life.Winner of the inaugural Stella PrizeShortlisted for Miles Franklin Award 2013, Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction 2012 and Melbourne Prize for Literature Best Writing Award


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On the outskirts of an Australian country town in the 1950s, a lonely farmer trains his binoculars on a family of kookaburras that roost in a tree near his house. Harry observes the kookaburras through a year of feast, famine, birth, death, war, romance and song. As Harry watches the birds, his next door neighbour has her own set of binoculars trained on him. Ardent, hard-working Betty has escaped to the country with her two fatherless children. Betty is pleased that her son, Michael, wants to spend time with the gentle farmer next door. But when Harry decides to teach Michael about the opposite sex, perilous boundaries are crossed.

Mateship with Birds is a novel about young lust and mature love. It is a hymn to the rhythm of country life - to vicious birds, virginal cows, adored dogs and ill-used sheep. On one small farm in a vast, ancient landscape, a collection of misfits question the nature of what a family can be.

Winner of the inaugural Stella Prize Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award 2013 Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013 Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction 2012 Shortlisted for the Melbourne Prize for Literature Best Writing Award

  • Published
    01/02/2012
  • Publisher
    Macmillan Australia
  • Author
    Carrie Tiffany
  • Number of Pages
    224
  • Product Height
    20 cm
  • Product Length
    1.7 cm
  • Product Width
    13.6 cm
  • Product Weight
    0.22 kg
  • Country Of Origin
    Australia
  • Age Group
  • Reference Number
    004652
  • Article Number
    8265279
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