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Author Purcell, Leah, 1970- author

Title The drover's wife : the legend of Molly Johnson / Leah Purcell
Published Australia : Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2019


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Description 280 pages ; 24 cm
Summary "Deep in the heart of Australia’s high country, along an ancient, hidden track, lives Molly Johnson and her four surviving children, another on the way. Husband Joe is away months at a time droving livestock up north, leaving his family in the bush to fend for itself. Molly’s children are her world, and life is hard and precarious with only their dog, Alligator, and a shotgun for protection – but it can be harder when Joe’s around. At just twelve years of age Molly’s eldest son Danny is the true man of the house, determined to see his mother and siblings safe – from raging floodwaters, hunger and intruders, man and reptile. Danny is mature beyond his years, but there are some things no child should see. He knows more than most just what it takes to be a drover’s wife. One night under the moon’s watch, Molly has a visitor of a different kind – a black ‘story keeper’, Yadaka. He’s on the run from authorities in the nearby town, and exchanges kindness for shelter. Both know that justice in this nation caught between two worlds can be as brutal as its landscape. But in their short time together, Yadaka shows Molly a secret truth, and the strength to imagine a different path."--Provided by publisher
Subject Frontier and pioneer life -- Australia -- Fiction
Families -- Australia -- Fiction
Drovers -- Australia -- Fiction
Aboriginal Australians -- Fiction
Australia -- History -- 1788-1900 -- Fiction
Genre/Form Domestic fiction.
Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Australian fiction
Reading nook.
ISBN 9780143791478