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ISBN: 9781742610764
Publisher: Picador Australia
Published: 1 February, 2012
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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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. 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.Longlisted for the 2014 IMPAC Dublin Literary AwardWinner of the inaugural Stella PrizeShortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award 2013Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction 2012Shortlisted for the Melbourne Prize for Literature Best Writing Award

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