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 began his writing career in 1964 and has published thirty-one novels since. They include Schindler's Ark, which won the Booker Prize in 1982 and was subsequently made into the film Schindler's List, and The Chant Of Jimmie Blacksmith, Confederates and Gossip From The Forest, each of which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His most recent novels are The Daughters Of Mars, which was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize in 2013, Shame and the Captives and Crimes of the Father. He has also written several works of non-fiction, including his memoir Homebush Boy, Searching for Schindler and Australians. He is married with two daughters and lives in Sydney.