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Download The Shiralee Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Shiralee (Unabridged), by D'Arcy Niland
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (160 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: D'Arcy Niland Narrator: James Condon Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A true Australian classic, warmly welcomed into the Bolinda Classics range. A shiralee is a swag, a burden, a bloody millstone - and that's what four-year-old Buster is to her father, Macauley. He takes the child on the road with him to spite his wife, but months pass and still no word comes to ask for the little girl back.

Strangers to each other at first, father and daughter drift aimlessly through the dusty towns of Australia, sleeping rough and relying on odd jobs for food and money. Buster's resilience and trust slowly erode Macauley's resentment, and when he's finally able to get rid of her, he realises he can't let his shiralee go.

In evocative prose that vividly conjures images of rural Australia, The Shiralee reveals an understanding of the paradoxical nature of the burdens we carry and creates a moving portrait of fatherhood, told with gruff humour and a gentle pathos. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joel | 9/29/2013

    " stunning prose. tension in avery angle and dimension with a superb ending. well worth waiting all these years for! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kobbie | 6/1/2012

    " My favorite book, I think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sherrill | 8/7/2011

    " This was a good book about a reluctant father and his small daughter. The end is the best--with the doctor's observation of the Dad. as he is leaving the hospital. The book is real, with no sugar coating. I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Wendy Chard | 3/18/2011

    " Absolutely adored this book from start to finish. Think of Kerouac meeting the Australian road, with a kid that he doesn't want trailing along behind him. Mac was brilliant. Buster was even more brilliant. This story is the best! "

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