Western Australia, the wheatbelt. Lew McLeod has been travelling and working with Painter Hayes since he was a boy. Shearing, charcoal burning, whatever comes. Painter made him his first pair of shoes. It's a hard and uncertain life but it's the only one he knows.
But Lew's a grown man now. And with this latest job, shearing for John Drysdale and his daughter Clara, every...more
For me it was one of those books you keep putting aside because you don't want it to finish.
The language is sensual and cruel at the same time. Perhaps it's even erotic in the best sense, the descriptions of the land, the animals the people, all joined together in this unfolding drama.
I'd have to read the book again to quite understand what Daisly do ...more
Just recently there has been an animal welfare campaign featuring shocking injuries done to sheep being shorn. It’s drawn a swift response from rural communities claiming that sheep are too valuable to be damaged in the way that’s depicted. The truth probably lies somewhere in between – after all, despite her best efforts, a hairdress ...more
Unparalleled story-telling. I can’t limit a nutshell to “life on a rural sheep station” or “dingoes in the dry country” or “loss and love in the bush”. It has all those things, but so much more.
There are concurrent stories running along and across each other. One story is about the people. Two shearers--old hand and a younger offsider--go to shear on Drysdale Downs, an old family property, for a recently widowed, grief-stricken owner, his daughter, Clara, and a Malay cook, Jimmy.
The other sto ...more
The book is well written. I particularly enjoyed the story of the dingo’s fight for survival in an extremely harsh environment. The life on the sheep station is in many ways equally harsh. The characters are interesting and ...more
This is Stephen Daisley’s second novel and based on the praise for his debut novel he has once again delivered a great modern novel. The writer covers so many subjects in the seemingly simple story of a friendship between two nomadic sheep shearers - multiculturalism, class, love, loyalty and so much more.
The book is beautifully written and weaves a story from two perspectives, one through the eyes of Lewis McCleod and one through the eyes of a w ...more
But this novel offers much more than this. Alternate chapters are written about the human characters and a pregnant female dingo whose pack has been ...more
Too clever by half, for me.
Set in 1950s rural Australia, Coming Rain has a distinctive style which made it refreshing to read. Daisley frequently uses sentence fragments, but in a way that suits his prose and effectively pushes forward the pace of his story. It's not just poor grammar as in some other novels I have read! He also writes in Australi ...more
As Daisley tells Lew's story, he recounts a parallel story of a pregnant dingo bitch on the run from shooters, trying to find a safe place to whelp, with an injured male in tow. I found thes ...more
They are each stories of survival, resourcefulness, friendship, d ...more
Gritty and real, a tale of two Australian sheep shearers traveling and working at whatever comes along. Their story runs alongside that of a dingo bitch, maligned and hunted, and her struggle to survive. The writing is evocative and haunting, the story a simple one. I couldn't help thinking of the power of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, with the sharp, simple yet truthful writing. Recommended! ...more
Stephen's first novel, Traitor, won the 2011 Prime Minister's Literary Award fo ...more