The White Earth

The White Earth

Large Print - 2006
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A grand, pulsating novel about the power of the land and the passions of people trying to make it their own. McGahan has written a major new Australian novel. One spring day in late 1992, when William was halfway between his eighth birthday and his ninth, he looked out from the back verandah of his home and saw, huge in the sky, the mushroom ...
Publisher: Bolinda,� 2006
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781459632165
9781740938082
1740938089
Branch Call Number: LT M'GAH

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Nov 16, 2014

William and his widowed mother go to live with his Uncle John (at least I think he is his uncle) and before he knows it, he is pulled into John's nightmare of a life. John, brought up to believe he is the heir to a grand farm estate, has seen it all snatched from him. He worked his whole life to regain his treasured inheritance and now is dying. He sees William as the perfect chance to pass on the land he has gathered to himself and maintain the dynasty pictured in his brain. The whole tone of the book is bleak. There has been a drought for years and no farm is flourishing. Changes in agriculture, markets and big business ownership have made their mark. You know as you read this story that there are dark dark secrets under the fragile surface and you worry that William will come to harm. I found this story kept me interested and reading to the very last page.

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