Page by page immersion — the North West in words
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.
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
(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.