Cry of the Curlew: The Frontier Series 1
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Cry of the Curlew: The Frontier Series 1 (Frontier #1)

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Squatter Donald Macintosh little realises what chain of events he is setting in motion when he orders the violent dispersal of the Nerambura tribe on his property, Glen View. Unwitting witnesses to the barbaric exercise are bullock teamsters Patrick Duffy and his son Tom.
Paperback, 704 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Pan Australia
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Martin Hoffman
In every respect this is an excellent book. It is the first book in what is now a 7 (and continuing) book series. I looked at the initial three box series in the bookshop for some months prior to succumbing to the salespersons constant suggestions to read. I relented, and I now rate the initial 3 books in the series as the best ever Australian historical fiction published.

It is a rolling saga based in Central Qld which balances historical events and the origination of the Duffy and MacIntosh ong...more
Jill Smith
Peter is a masterful writer who displays a wonderful ability to make every word count. Carefully researched this is a something akin to an historical romance similar to Robyn Burrows work, however, Peter presents a broader picture on this base.

The brutal dispersal of native Australians is graphically told. The conflict between the Duffy and the McIntosh families is born in murder. The hatred and deception it breeds is bitter and tangible to the reader who eagerly devours each page. The strong af...more
Annette
Cry of the Curlew by Peter Watt was a complete surprise to me. I had no idea what the story was to be about and was extremely surprised at the graphic description of violence in the first few chapters. However the tales of the Duffy and MacIntosh families had me intrigued. It is great to be able to read a real story. The violence dispersed throughout the novel is hard to believe and certainly strikes at your emotions. The treatment of aboriginals is appalling, the evil of some of the characters...more
Ray Ramsay
If you haven't read Peter Watt's Frontier series. You should!

A great read, a riveting story, and a multitude of sub plots.

Awaiting for the release of the 8th book, I've read them all.

I started reading Cry of the Curlew when I was living in London , back in 2000. And every time Peter releases a new one, I get it quick.

Cry of the Curlew gives deep in sites into a period of Australian history few have heard about. Especially the dispersals in Queensland, the Maori wars, and the social rifts betw...more
Jill Smith
Peter is a masterful writer who displays a wonderful ability to make every word count. Carefully researched this is a something akin to an historical romance similar to Robyn Burrows work, however, Peter presents a broader picture on this base.

The brutal dispersal of native Australians is graphically told. The conflict between the Duffy and the McIntosh families is born in murder. The hatred and deception it breeds is bitter and tangible to the reader who eagerly devours each page. The strong af...more
Linda_pilko
Lots of interesting history about Queensland. An epic tale of pioneering families which does not hide the atrocities committed on our indigenous Australians.
Carole
Took a while to get into this, but now I'm hooked. Looking forward to #2
Lauren Young
This book took about 50 pages for me to really start to like it. Can not wait to read the second and find out what happens to Luke Tracey (who is not even a leading character in this but for me is a very strong character)!!
Would just like to say I am not a fan of the MacIntosh family and I hope the Duffy family finally prevail.
Sarah Harrison
Awesome!! Just frustrated that I haven't been able to get hold of the rest of the series as yet!
Librarychick4405
I met Peter Watt at a library author visit this week. What a personable, enthusiastic, passionate, self-effacing and knowledgable all round good bloke. Oh, and his novels aren't half bad either
Anthony Dalton
After slowly starting to read this book I quickly became immersed in it, a grandiose tale of adventure, lust and revenge.
Joancollins
over the top aussie adventure
but readable
instant miniseries if it had been written in the 80s
Barbara
excellent and exciting
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Peter Watt's life experiences have included time as a soldier, articled clerk to a solicitor, prawn trawler deckhand, builder's labourer, pipe layer, real estate salesman, private investigator, police sergeant and adviser to the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary. He has lived and worked with Aborigines, Islanders, Vietnamese and Papua New Guineans.


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