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Whistler's Bones by Greg Barron
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When his drunken and aggressive father died, and his mother let him know they were destitute, fifteen-year-old Charlie Gaunt left home with the only thing he owned – his beloved horse Constance. It was the 1880s in Australia; bushrangers including Ned Kelly and his gang were on the roads; escaped prisoners and desperados from the gold rush were the types young Charlie had to avoid. As he gradually made his way north from Bendigo in Victoria, through New South Wales and into Queensland, taking work along the way, his youth and naivety slowly changed to maturity.

Charlie’s first big job was as a drover for Nat Buchanan – Charlie was a good horseman and the job gave him much experience in the ways of the bush. When he met up with the Durack family, his knowledge and previous experience as a drover led Charlie to be signed on for the biggest journey of his young life. The cattle drive was immense – the thousands of head of cattle; the men in each other’s company day in and day out without respite; the fear of the unknown and the constant threat from marauding Aboriginals – all proved a mighty challenge over the more than two-year period that was the Durack’s cattle drive from Cooper’s Creek in Queensland to the Kimberley in Western Australia - a journey of approximately 4800 kilometres.

Whistler’s Bones is a unique and fascinating novel by Aussie author Greg Barron, which has taken the true story of Charlie Gaunt, the Durack family and an epic journey, and blended it with fiction, creating an interesting part of Australia’s history, albeit fictionalised. The research by the author is meticulous, the result poignant. The author amazes me with his diversity – from fast paced thrillers, to Australian history, he never disappoints. Highly recommended.

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With thanks to the author for my copy to read and review.
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Reading Progress

October 29, 2017 – Shelved
October 29, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
October 29, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017-release
October 29, 2017 – Shelved as: aussie-authors
October 29, 2017 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
November 19, 2017 – Shelved as: gift-from-author
November 19, 2017 – Shelved as: reviewing-by-request
January 1, 2018 – Started Reading
January 1, 2018 – Shelved as: 5000-books
January 1, 2018 – Shelved as: autographed-book
January 1, 2018 – Shelved as: own-read
January 2, 2018 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Fran (new)

Fran Brenda..awesome review. Added!

Brenda Thanks Fran :) I hope you enjoy as much as I did when you get to it!

message 3: by Steve (new)

Steve Smith I keep checking the mail daily for this book. Should be a great read.

Brenda Enjoy when you get it Steve 😊

message 5: by Sue (new) - added it

Sue Gerhardt Griffiths Such a great review Brenda. I must check my to-read list but I'm sure this book is on it.

Brenda Thanks Sue :) Such an interesting and involving story!

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