Mateship with Birds
Winner of the Stella Prize 2013
Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2013
On the outskirts of an Australian country town in the 1950s, a lonely farmer trains his binoculars on a family of kookaburras that roost in a tree near his house. Harry observes the kookaburras through a year of feast, famine, birth, death, war, romance and song. As Harry watches the birds, his next door neighbour has her own set of binoculars trained on him. Ardent, hard-working Betty has escaped to the country with her two fatherless children. Betty is pleased that her son, Michael, wants to spend time with the gentle farmer next door. But when Harry decides to teach Michael about the opposite sex, perilous boundaries are crossed.
Mateship with Birds is a novel about young lust and mature love. It is a hymn to the rhythm of country life - to vicious birds, virginal cows, adored dogs and ill-used sheep. On one small farm in a vast, ancient landscape, a collection of misfits question the nature of what a family can be.
Winner of the NSW Premier's Literary Awards' Christina Stead Prize 2013
Finalist of the Melbourne Prize for Literature for Best Writing Award 2012
Shortlisted for the VIC Premier's Literary Awards' Prize for Fiction 2013 and Prime Minister's Literary Awards' Prize for Fiction 2013
Longlisted for Nita B Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers' Kibble Literary Award 2013
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Review: Mateship With BirdsUser Review - Siobhan - Goodreads
As this book falls completely outside of my usual read I think it is worth pointing out that my view is probably worth less than those who are regulars in the genre. As I have very few reads in this ... Read full review
Review: Mateship With BirdsUser Review - Amy Michelle - Goodreads
So I've got 37 pages into this book and I'm stopping. Usually I wouldn't write a review but maybe someone will see this and save themselves the horror of reading it. It is disgusting. Don't read it ... Read full review