"Me and Ben had been mates since we was boys and if it come to it I knew I would have to be on his side."
Bobby Blue is caught between loyalty to his only friend, Ben Tobin, and his boss, Daniel Collins, the new constable at Mount Hay. "Ben was not a big man but he was strong and quick as a snake. He had his own breed of pony that was just like him, stocky and reliable on their feet." Bobby understands the people and the ways of Mount Hay, while Collins studies the country as an archaeologist might, bringing his coastal values to the hinterland. Bobby says, "I do not think Daniel would have understood Ben in a million years." Increasingly bewildered and goaded to action by his wife, Constable Collins takes up his shotgun and his Webley pistol to deal with Ben. And when Bobby's love for Collins's willful young daughter Irie is exposed, it leads to tragic consequences for them all.
Miller's exquisite depictions of the country of the Queensland highlands form the background of this simply told but deeply significant novel of friendship, love, loyalty and the tragic consequences of misunderstanding and mistrust. Coal Creek is a wonderfully satisfying novel with a gratifying resolution. It carries all the wisdom and emotional depth we have come to expect from Miller's richly evocative prose.
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ALEX MILLER is the author of ten novels, including The Ancestor Game and Journey to the Stone Country, both winners of the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award; Conditions of Faith, nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; Lovesong, winner of the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction; and most recently, Autumn Laing.
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Description du livre Atlantic Books, 2014. Paperback. État : Brand New. 304 pages. 9.21x6.14x0.91 inches. In Stock. N° de réf. du libraire zk1743318022
Description du livre Allen & Unwin. Paperback. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 1743318022
Description du livre Allen & Unwin. Paperback. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P111743318022