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Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Wil­liam Yeo­man

KIM­BER­LEY SUN

Di Mor­ris­sey (Pan Macmil­lan, $20) The se­quel to Tears of the Moon, Kim­ber­ley Sun is a pow­er­ful story of mod­ern re­la­tion­ships set against the dra­matic land­scapes of the Kim­ber­ley and the cul­tural melt­ing pot that is Broome. Lily is an in­trepid and beau­ti­ful 50-some­thing seek­ing to change her life; her daugh­ter Sami is driv­ing alone through the out­back, in­tent on con­fronting her fam­ily roots. Aus­tralian sto­ry­telling at its evoca­tive, page-turn­ing best.

MONTEBELLO

Robert Drewe (Pen­guin, $20) In this se­quel to The Shark Net, Drewe trav­els to the Montebello archipelago off WA’s coast — the site of nuclear tests in the 1950s, and a place which has haunted his imag­i­na­tion since child­hood. The writ­ing is elec­tric with Drewe’s need to un­der­stand not just the phys­i­cal world but the psy­che, the emo­tions and the mo­ti­va­tions of him­self and oth­ers.

THE WINDY SEA­SON

Sam Car­mody (Allen & Un­win, $30) Sam Car­mody’s pow­er­ful de­but novel tells the story of Paul’s search for his brother El­liot, a young fish­er­man miss­ing from a cray­fish­ing boat in the fic­tional WA coastal town of Stark. It’s dif­fi­cult to know whether ink or salt wa­ter runs in the Ger­ald­ton-born mu­si­cian, surfer and novelist’s veins, so flu­idly does his prose slide and sing in equal mea­sure.

THE GIRL IN STEEL CAPPED BOOTS

Loretta Hill

(Ban­tam Press, $20) In this story of a fe­male en­gi­neer blaz­ing her way on a re­mote con­struc­tion site in the Pil­bara, Hill has cre­ated a rich ro­man­tic com­edy filled with lar­rikins and lark­ing about. Univer­sity grad­u­ate Lena Todd thrives on the con­ve­niences of in­ner-city liv­ing, so is com­pletely un­pre­pared when she has to live in a re­mote donga for three months sur­rounded by 350 men. Sure to res­onate with ev­ery young pro­fes­sional who has faced “go­ing re­gional” to fur­ther their ca­reer.

OTHER COUN­TRY & AS THE RIVER RUNS

Stephen Scour­field (uwap.uwa.edu.au $22.99 and $26.99 and as Kin­dle eBooks at ama­zon.com, $7.99.) Stephen Scour­field’s two nov­els are set in the Kim­ber­ley and steeped in land­scape. Other Coun­try is set in the cat­tle coun­try and male cul­ture days of the 1990s, and As the River Runs is em­bed­ded in the con­tem­po­rary world.

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