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Mateship with Birds

Author: Carrie Tiffany  

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On the outskirts of an Australian country town in the 1950s, a lonely farmer trains his binoculars on a family of kookaburras that roost in a tree near his house. Harry observes the kookaburras through a year of feast, famine, birth, death, war, romance and song.

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On the outskirts of an Australian country town in the 1950s, a lonely farmer trains his binoculars on a family of kookaburras that roost in a tree near his house. Harry observes the kookaburras through a year of feast, famine, birth, death, war, romance and song.

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WINNER OF THE STELLA PRIZE 2013 "clever, original and richly rewarding" Australian Bookseller & Publisher "it might just be the sweetest book about sex you will ever read" Sydney Morning Herald On the outskirts of an Australian country town in the 1950s, a lonely farmer trains his binoculars on a family of kookaburras that roost in a tree near his house. Harry observes the kookaburras through a year of feast, famine, birth, death, war, romance and song. As Harry watches the birds, his next door neighbour has her own set of binoculars trained on him. Ardent, hard-working Betty has escaped to the country with her two fatherless children. Betty is pleased that her son, Michael, wants to spend time with the gentle farmer next door. But when Harry decides to teach Michael about the opposite sex, perilous boundaries are crossed. Mateship with Birds is a novel about young lust and mature love. It is a hymn to the rhythm of country life - to vicious birds, virginal cows, adored dogs and ill-used sheep. On one small farm in a vast, ancient landscape, a collection of misfits question the nature of what a family can be. Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2013 Winner of the NSW Premier's Literary Awards' Christina Stead Prize 2013 Finalist of the Melbourne Prize for Literature for Best Writing Award 2012 Shortlisted for the VIC Premier's Literary Awards' Prize for Fiction 2013 and Prime Minister's Literary Awards' Prize for Fiction 2013 Longlisted for Nita B Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers' Kibble Literary Award 2013

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Awards

Winner of The Stella Prize 2013
Winner of New South Wales Premier's Literary Award Christina Stead Prize 2013
Short-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2013
Short-listed for Melbourne Prize for Literature Best Writing Award 2012
Short-listed for Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction 2013
Short-listed for Prime Minister's Literary Awards Fiction 2013
Long-listed for Nita B Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers 2013

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About the Author

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. Her first novel, Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living (2005) was shortlisted for numerous awards including the Orange Prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Guardian First Book Award and the Commonwealth Writer's Prize, and won the Dobbie Award for Best First Book (2006) and the 2006 Western Australian Premier's Award for Fiction. Mateship with Birds is her second novel.

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Product Details

Publisher
Pan Macmillan Australia | Picador Australia
Published
1st February 2012
Pages
224
ISBN
9781742610764
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