OCEAN CHILD

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS - CLYDE SELBY

By Ta­mara McKin­ley Quer­cus, $ 29.99

ENG­LAND in 1920 is be­gin­ning to re­cover from the dev­as­ta­tion of the Great War. Not that pri­va­tion has touched Lorelei ( Lulu) very much.

Be­ing born il­le­git­i­mate in north­ern Tas­ma­nia to a woman with sadis­tic ten­den­cies was an un­pro­pi­tious start, but for­tu­nately she was res­cued by a wealthy rel­a­tive and taken back to a life of priv­i­lege in Lon­don.

Co­in­ci­den­tal to a highly suc­cess­ful ex­hi­bi­tion of her bronze cast­ings and a fi­ancé to keep her en­gaged for a long time, Lulu re­ceives mys­te­ri­ous word of a colt called Ocean Child that she has pur­port­edly bought in Tas­ma­nia.

Cu­ri­ous, Lulu and her May­fair friend Dolly de­part for the other side of the world.

At the horse farm some­where south of Delo­raine, ro­mance en­ters in the form of Joe, the horse trainer and re­turned sol­dier with a dis­fig­ured face. There is a well- sus­tained pace to the novel’s en­su­ing nar­ra­tive and there is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end be­fore a happy end­ing.

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