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Absolution Creek

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  203 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
In 1923 nineteen-year-old Jack Manning watches the construction of the mighty Harbour Bridge and dreams of being more than just a grocer’s son. So when he’s offered the chance to manage Absolution Creek, a sheep property 800 miles from Sydney, he seizes the opportunity.

But outback life is tough, particularly if you’re young, inexperienced and have only a few textbooks to g
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 3rd 2012 by Random House Australia
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The Author defiantly has a passion and knowledge for the rural life and the land, and it shines through into her storytelling. Even the little details such as the weather, animals, dust and the creek, all play such a significant part in the characters development; whether they will succeed or not, and their test of strength and willpower in the fight to make Absolution Creek profitable. Farming life is a very harsh life and it bought out the true qualities of these characters, whether good or ba ...more
Jun 27, 2013 Sharon rated it really liked it
Book gifted by The Reading Room for review

Absolution Creek is the story of Cora "Squib" Hamilton. She runs a sheep property 800 miles from Sydney in the 1960's. Seeking revenge on her half sister, Cora invites her niece to come and help out on the property. However, things do not go the way Cora has planned. With every decision questioned, with a lawsuit that could see her lose Absolution Creek and the past haunting her everywhere she turns, can she remain the holder of the land she loves, or wi
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Feb 24, 2014 ☼♄Jülie  rated it really liked it
Recommended to ☼♄Jülie  by: Random House Australia.
Thanks to Random House Australia for this ARC. *This is an uncorrected proof copy so some alterations may have been made to the final release version.

*May contain spoilers*

"Chapter 1: "absolution n.1. the act of absolving; release from consequences, obligations, or penalties."

Set during the uncertain times of high unemployment and the beginnings of the [in some quarters] controversial construction of the Sydney Harbour bridge.
This is a great Australian saga about a man fleeing the lack of pros
Paula Clark
Great storyline, however I felt it was a little long and drawn out. I found it hard at first keeping up with all the different characters that were being introduced and how they related to each other and the story. Great to see Wangallon Station getting a mention :) and was also surprised at "Scrubbers" identity. Overall a great story which highlighted the struggles of life in the 1920's and how some things hadn't yet changed in the 60's - especially with relation to indigenous Australians.
MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
One man lost her. One man died for her. One man would kill for her …

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“In 1923 nineteen-year-old Jack Manning watches the construction of the mighty Harbour Bridge and dreams of being more than just a grocer’s son. So when he’s offered the chance to manage Absolution Creek, a sheep property 800 miles from Sydney, he seizes the opportunity.

But outback life is tough, particularly if you’re young, inexperienced and have only a few textbooks to guide you. Then a thirteen-year-old girl, Squib
Nov 22, 2014 Tracy rated it liked it
I didn't mind this story but I did find it it a bit tricky to keep track of the characters and storyline because of the swapping back and forwards between 1920's and 1960's. Add in the fact that some have nicknames and then sometimes I wasn't quite sure of who I was reading about. I'm not usually that easily confused but this one managed to do it from time to time which took the edge off the book for me a tad. Still a good story though and quite a shock to read about the rather savage way people ...more
Dale Harcombe
I really tried with this one but I simply couldn't get into it. Maybe it was more because I was not feeling well than the book itself, but it seemed to me to hop around all over the place. In the end I gave up.
Kellie Mackrell
Jun 23, 2017 Kellie Mackrell rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I read about 100 pages of this and am giving it up. I don't like the swapping of the times and have no idea who some of the characters are. The book is not flowing nicely for me and I am not going to waste my time reading the rest as it is already drawn out and at over 500 pages I just don't feel it is going to get any better.
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Sep 11, 2012 Shelleyrae at Book'd Out rated it really liked it

As a fourth generation grazier, Nicole Alexander writes what she knows, sweeping sagas set in Australia's rural farming land. Absolution Creek is her third novel, with dual narratives set in 1923 and 1965.

Jack Manning is eager to escape the family run grocery store in Sydney's grimy city streets and make his fortune so when a kindly neighbour offers him the opportunity to make a living on the land he jumps at the chance. Promising to send for his sweetheart, Olive, in a few months, Jack sets of
Nov 17, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it
Rural life and the land – in all its glory. Nicole Alexander is a talented author, whose passion for the land shines through in “Absolution Creek”. You can feel every hot day and stormy drop of rain in her vivid detail. I really enjoyed the beginning with how the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge affected so many people and whenever I go over it now, I am sure to think of the people who were displaced in its construction. This book is a dual time book and we go back and forth between the 192 ...more
Robyn Gibson
May 15, 2016 Robyn Gibson rated it it was amazing
Another great story from Nicole Alexander. In 1923 houses had to be demolished to make way to build the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The lives of these people changed. Jack Manning's family had the grocery store when circumstances changed so his neighbour offered him a chance to take over some land eight hundred miles north west, where people were going to make money 'on the sheep's back'. Olive was from a privileged family who would not have approved of her keeping company with someone from the lower ...more
Oct 17, 2015 Sue rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, it had me thinking. The book begins in North Sydney, NSW just as the government is preparing to build the Sydney Harbour bridge. The two key characters here are from different sectors of society, the poor and the rich. That author does a great job of showing the two classes of city dweller. Then the story moves to outback Australia, we see just how harsh and different outback life can be in those days with the story continuing in the 1920s as well as the 1940s. We experience c ...more
Susan Chris
Sep 07, 2016 Susan Chris rated it liked it
This book was brilliantly written with a very intricate story that twisted and weaved around itself. I was kept guessing all the way through. The descriptions of Australia were excellent and created some beautiful imagery.

Personally, I didn't enjoy the book as much as I thought I would; I found it to be rather depressing. It was difficult to connect with the characters, but that was due to their almost universally tragic backstories. The ending resolved well without a traditional 'happy' ending
Mar 30, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was ok
This one is for my Australian authors list - and it was just OK for me. Starting out in 1920's Sydney, then jumping forward to the 1960's, but out in the bush, this story jumps back and forth between the 1920's and the 1960's on a very regular and disorienting basis. It is not as though I did not like the characters. They were interesting. Unfortunately, just as I was getting into the groove of the time period and the character, boom! Time travel. All the rest would be spoilers, so I'll just lea ...more
Rachael Moore
Jun 27, 2016 Rachael Moore rated it liked it
Although the book had a good description and an interesting structure the end of the book was to unrealistic. The book accurately described Australian bush life, Sydney in the 1920s and discrimination towards Aboriginal people. However the author failed to write the characters convincingly enough for me to relate to them. Most of all, the ending of the book was to melodramatic. To many unrealistic things happened. Why do some authors think that the end of the book needs to be completly unbelieva ...more
Sep 04, 2013 Bettina rated it liked it
After reading The Bark Cutters and A Changing Land, I think I had high expectations for this book. It was a great read, but I'm still more of a fan of the Gordon saga. I think the only character who didn't annoy me in some way was James. All through the book Scrubber gave the impression of being 'Mr nice guy', but then right at the end we find out he's just a total coward all along. This did infuriate me a little, but overall the author tells the story well.
Jun 05, 2015 Kerry rated it liked it
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Caroline Turnock
Oct 29, 2012 Caroline Turnock rated it it was amazing
I was really surprised by this book. I went to a talk by the Author and made an incorrect assumption! It was a gritty book and although it skipped back and forth between the decades I still found it easy to follow the story and couldn't put it down! Well done Nicole Alexander! Going back now to read the Bark Cutters (her first book).
Leanne Godfrey
Mar 16, 2016 Leanne Godfrey rated it really liked it good! Once you get the hang of it jumping from on year 1924 to another year 1965 in the way story is told you can't put this book down...had me intrigued..Written based on the Australian earlier times..starts off in Sydney then takes you out to the outback bit of romance thrown in..hard times, survival of the toughest...Loved it...
Aug 13, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Like other readers I found this book a bit hard to follow originally with it hopping between the 20's and 60's but enjoyed it once I got all the characters sorted out and The different time periods. A good ending in all.
Oct 13, 2012 Leanne rated it liked it
A decent read but for the first half of the book I found the structure of the novel with alternating chapters from different time periods hard to grapple with. It took a bit of persevering but the wrap up at the conclusion was quite satisfying.
Jan 29, 2014 Justine rated it liked it
My least favourite of Nicole Alexander's book as I didn't find the book uplifting. As always it is set in the beautiful Australian outback. It is about struggle, survival, hardship and relationships.
Interesting storyline with a tragic twist. Some interesting Sydney and sheep farming history.
Wendy Reinmuth
Oct 22, 2014 Wendy Reinmuth rated it it was ok
I didn't finish too confusing for my liking
Aug 04, 2014 Vanessa rated it it was amazing
Ten out of ten!!! More please Nicole!!! :-)
Tracie O'connell
Mar 01, 2015 Tracie O'connell rated it really liked it
A wonderful story of australian life in the early 1900,s. An ending that I didn't expect. Enjoyed it enough to read some of the authors other books.
Deborah Maile
Sep 24, 2014 Deborah Maile rated it really liked it

I like this style of writing, Australian historical fiction.. its great!
Sep 17, 2013 Jeannette rated it it was amazing
Yet another good read. Thank you Nicole.
Jul 06, 2015 Kathy rated it it was amazing
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Jun 27, 2013 Pam rated it liked it
Won this one too, lucky me! A really good yarn set in the Australian bush in 1920s and 1960s. My first by Alexander and my first in this setting - won't be my last am sure :)
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Nicole Alexander is the author of seven novels: The Bark Cutters, A Changing Land, Absolution Creek, Sunset Ridge, The Great Plains, Wild Lands and River Run (Pub. 2016). An Uncommon Woman will be released July 2017.

Non-fiction includes; Divertissements: Love. War. Society. - a collection of poetry. And, Dear Mum, an anthology.

Nicole lives in north-west NSW, Australia and when she's not writing or
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