The gripping story of one woman's odyssey into the Australian outback away from tragedy and towards regaining control over her life.
A young woman once told Thomas Keneally her life story. It was to lodge in his mind and haunt his imagination, becoming the kernel for this enthralling and emotive novel.
It tells of a marriage that becomes a nightmare, of a distraught woman's flight, actual and symbolic, into the Australian interior, a story of pursuit, tragic accident and a final, strange catharsis.
A remarkable, powerful novel, all the more exciting for the exotic background so vividly described - Daily Express
Marvellous, surprising, exhausting - Observer
Beautifully crafted . . . highly original and deeply moving - Sunday Express
Thomas Keneally is a novelist of high quality and great daring . . . Best of all he is a marvellous storyteller. This is a splendid and satisfying novel - Scotsman
Unmistakeably the work of an accomplished writer . . . The Australian landscape is well evoked, and the characters continue to impress - Independent
The story is a strong one and Keneally tells it with all his customary verbal richness and exactitude - Independent on Sunday
Thomas Keneally, of Irish extraction, was brought up in Australia and still lives in Sydney. His novels include The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Confederates (which first led him to study nineteenth century American history). Schindler's Ark was later turned into as remarkable a film by Steven Spielberg under the title Schindler's List.