The Shiralee (Paperback)
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"The Shiralee" tells the story of the itinerant rural worker Macauley - sometimes described as a 'swagman' or 'swaggie' - who suddenly finds himself taking responsibility for his child. Having returned from 'walkabout', he finds his wife entwined in the arms of another, and so he takes his four-year-old daughter, Buster, with him. The child is the 'shiralee', an Aboriginal word meaning 'burden'. In their time together, father and daughter explore new depths of understanding and bonding. The barren landscapes of the outback are central to the swagman's love for his country and provide a backdrop to the richness of his developing relationship with Buster.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780143180197
Weight: 254 g
Dimensions: 199 x 133 x 20 mm

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“An unforgettable tale of the Australian outback.....”

Macauley is an eminently dislikeable character when we first meet him, having spitefully 'stolen' his little daughter from her mother, who he discovered in bed with another man. Shiralee is an aborigine... More

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