Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany

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This novel is at once quietly beautiful and briskly sensual, and for her characters – whether human or otherwise – there need be no division between those two.
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Mateship n. the quality or state of being a mate; esp: fellowship On the outskirts of a country town in the early 1950s, a lonely farmer trains his binoculars on a raucous family of kookaburras roosting next to his dairy. As Harry observes the birds through a year of feast, famine, birth, death, war, romance and song, his neighbour, Betty, has her own set of binoculars trained on him. Betty`s son, Michael, gravitates to the gentle man next door, and Harry, sensing Michael is ready to stretch his wings, decides to teach him about sex. Harry knows everything about the land. But what does he know about women? Mateship with Birds is a tender, witty novel of young lust and mature love. A glorious tale of innocence lost, it celebrates life on one small farm in a vast ancient landscape, as a collection of misfits question what a family might be.
 

About Carrie Tiffany

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Carrie Tiffany was born in West Yorkshire. Her family migrated to Western Australia in the early 1970s. Her first novel was shortlisted for the 2006 Orange Prize, Guardian First Book Award and Miles Franklin Award.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Picador. 211 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Janine Burke on Jun 12 2013

Her background as a park ranger initiated her into bird lore and she has translated that knowledge...into a work that movingly and lucidly explores the bonds between humans and animals.

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Reviewed by Belinda McKeon on Jun 29 2012

This novel is at once quietly beautiful and briskly sensual, and for her characters – whether human or otherwise – there need be no division between those two.

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