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Whistler's Bones by Greg Barron
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Book Blurb…

In 1880, at the age of fifteen, Charlie Gaunt left his home in Bendigo and signed on as a drover with Nat Buchanan. Two years later he was a key man on one of Australia’s greatest cattle drives – the Durack family’s epic journey from Cooper’s Creek, Queensland – to the Kimberley.
Drawing on Charlie’s largely unknown story, and filling in the gaps with fiction, the author has created a novel unique in Australian literature. An unprecedented adventure, and a passionate love story – Whistler's Bones is both a celebration of the good things in the settlement of Northern Australia – and a damning indictment of the bad.

My thoughts…

I have read all Greg Barron's earlier works and loved them. He never disappoints. His plotting, pacing and the pride in making every word count makes a Barron book a delight every time. Rather than bashing out one book after another, Barron is an author who cares as much about the reader’s experience as he does the story he’s telling.

Whistler’s Bones is a step away from his earlier general fiction novels. The book's unique docu-drama style (blending fact with fiction) is expertly handled and the storytelling enhanced by rigorous research and the resultant journal entries throughout.

The story is about Charlie Gaunt, a young man with a fascinating life, who made his way in the harshest of times — living, loving and working the great Australian landscape and all that comes with it.

The manner in which this story is written allows the reader a glimpse into the real world of the men in our outback and whilst different and uniquely Australian, the storytelling is authentic and passionate and I loved reading every word.

Well done Greg and I look forward to more insightful stories.

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Reading Progress

February 5, 2019 – Started Reading
February 12, 2019 – Finished Reading
March 24, 2019 – Shelved

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