It is 1934 and the government Better Farming Train slides through the wheat fields and small towns of Australia. It leads to a meeting between Robert and Jean, who, in an atmosphere of heady scientific idealism, marry and settle in the impoverished Mallee with the ambition of proving that science can transform the land.
It is 1934, the Great War is long over and the next is yet to come. It is a brief time of optimism and advancement. Erotically charged, and shot through with humour and a quiet wisdom, this haunting first novel evokes the Australian landscape in all its stark beauty and vividly captures the hope and disappointment of an era.
Carrie Tiffany was born in West Yorkshire and grew up in Western Australia. She spent her early twenties working as a park ranger in the red centre and now lives in Melbourne where she works as an agricultural journalist.
Short-listed for Orange Prize 2006
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