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Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany
  

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A hugely enjoyable, highly recommended novel of Western Australia in the 50s. A lone farmer, Harry, befriends Betty, his single-mum neighbour and her two children. The coming-of-age lad needs a father figure and Harry shyly and gently takes the boy under his wing. Shyly and gently he glances at Betty too. All the while a year of rural life passes and we learn a huge amount about the life of a kookaburra family. I had no idea they were such vicious birds! Quite a revelation spun beside a charming tale of love in many guises.

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Synopsis

Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany

Mateship n. the quality or state of being a mate; esp: fellowship On the outskirts of a country town in the early 1950s, a lonely farmer trains his binoculars on a raucous family of kookaburras roosting next to his dairy. But as Harry observes the birds through a year of feast, famine, birth, death, war, romance and song, his neighbour, Betty, has her own set of binoculars trained on him. Of Betty's two fatherless children, it is Michael who gravitates towards the gentle man next door, and Harry, sensing Michael is ready to stretch his wings, decides to teach him the oldest lessons in the world. Harry knows all about girls. But how much does he really know Betty?

About the Author

Carrie Tiffany was born in West Yorkshire. Her family migrated to Western Australia in the early 1970s where an attempt to live off the land failed. She spent her early twenties working as a park ranger, and now lives in Melbourne.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th June 2013

Author

Carrie Tiffany

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Author's Website

www.carrietiffany.com.au/

Publisher

Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
224 pages

Categories

Relationship Stories
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780330544467

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