By Carrie Tiffany
Within the early Nineteen Fifties, a lonely farmer trains his binoculars on a raucous relatives of kookaburras roosting subsequent to his dairy. As Harry observes the birds via a yr of banquet, famine, beginning, loss of life, struggle, romance and tune, his neighbour, Betty, has her personal set of binoculars expert on him. Betty's son, Michael, gravitates to the light guy round the corner, and Harry, sensing Michael is able to stretch his wings, makes a decision to coach him approximately intercourse. Harry is aware every thing concerning the land. yet what does he learn about ladies?
Mateship with Birds is a young, witty novel of younger lust and mature love. an excellent story of innocence misplaced, it celebrates lifestyles on one small farm in an unlimited historical panorama, as a suite of misfits query what a relations can be.
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Nominee for Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction (2012)
Women's Prize for Fiction Nominee for Longlist (2013)
The Stella Prize (2013)
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