This was very enjoyable; a huge Australian family epic where the reader joins the family throughout each generation beginning with Paddy and Fee and then their children, particularly Meggie, and then Meggie’s children after that. I love books that let you stay with the characters for such a long time and that you get to know really well, and this feels such a treat; pure unadulterated escapism. It was a really involving and enjoyable story.

I was surprised at how harsh a landscape Australia is and how difficult (in fact, almost impossible) it is to scratch a living there and all the barriers such as the intense heat, the years without rainwater, the often deadly insects – it all made me wonder if humans should actually be living there.

I have never seen the TV programme of the book, but will definitely get myself a copy.




Edition Virago Press Ltd., 30th anniversary edition, 2007. With an Introduction by Maeve Binchy. ISBN: 978-1-844408-447-0. PAPERBACK. 583 pages, size: 12.8 x 19.8 x 4 cm. The new and unread book remains in excellent condition throughout. Text all clean, neat and tight. Prompt dispatch from UK.
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