Mary Groves, "An Outback Life"
English | ISBN: 174237705X | 2012 | EPUB | 354 pages | 8 MB
An Outback Life is a story of a woman who spent the prime of her life in the wilds of Australia's Northern Territory, when it really was an untamed frontier. In this earthy tale of love, hope, loss, and survival, Mary Groves describes the sometimes heart-breaking loneliness, the hard work and the rises and falls in her family's fortunes as they battle to survive in Australia's Top End. Mary was the key, hands-on person in the business's she shared with her husband, Joe, learning mostly out of necessity to operate helicopters, cattle trucks and anything else it took to grow their very successful family business. During the process of surviving the many, almost insurmountable, obstacles presented along the way, she has collected an abundance of interesting stories involving, Australian and NT Pastoral history, Racing, Rodeo, Droving, Aviation, Spirituality and Aboriginal history. By this first time author, Mary's promise to her mother originally instigated this book as a historical record, but Mary is also keen to have it used as a survival handbook for future generations. In the tradition of 'From Strength to Strength' by Sara Henderson and 'We of the Never-Never' by Mrs Aeneas Gunn, this lively historical/ autobiography tells an earthy tale of love, hope, loss and dogged determination to survive in the outback in simple, straightforward language - and often the vernacular- of the people it is set among. Set in Australia's last frontier, this Memoir would probably be best described, as a real Australian historical adventure of survival at all costs. The narrative zips along at a lively pace, and features one cracking yarn after another. In addition to telling her own and her family's story across the decades, Mary includes descriptions of many long-lost bush skills and natural phenomena in the hope that the book may serve as a kind of ‘survival handbook'. Due to its exotic appeal, along with its parallels to America's Wild West, An Outback Life will appeal to male and female readers - males, because of its adventure subject matter, and females, because the story is told by a woman and unfolds in a time and place where your gender usually dictated the course of one's life. An Outback Life will appeal to readers of the following titles: *The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough *From Strength to Strength by Sara Henderson *No Place for a Woman by Maise Young *We of the Never-Never by Mrs Aeneas Gunn *Kings in Grass Castles by Mary Durack. An Outback Life was first published in Australia in May 2011 and 2012 by Allen & Unwin- The author is now keen to accommodate the overseas interest shown.
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