The Hands: An Australian Pastoral

The Hands: An Australian Pastoral Review

He didn't look like he could jump a bull, but she knew he could. It was all in the hands, he'd often explain. The will. The bloody mindedness.

On a cattle station that stretches beyond the horizon, seven people are trapped by their history and the need to make a living. Trevor Wilkie, the good father, holds it all together, promising his sons a future he no longer believes in himself. The boys, free to roam the world's biggest backyard, have nowhere to go. Trevor's father, Murray, is the keeper of stories and the holder of the deed. Murray has no intention of giving up what his forefathers created.

But the drought is winning. The cattle are ribs. The bills keep coming. And one day, on the way to town, an accident changes everything.

Title:The Hands: An Australian Pastoral
Edition Language:English

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    The Hands: An Australian Pastoral Reviews

  • Kimbofo

    Every now and then I pick up a book and within a matter of pages — or perhaps sentences — I know this is exactly the right kind of book for me. That’s how I felt when I started reading Stephen O...

  • Nicole Alexander

    In Stephen Orr’s The Hands: A Pastoral, a cattle property in the middle of the desert has been in the family for generations. But life on the farm has been hard for a long time. The drought is decim...

  • Nancy

    Finish date: 16 November 2917Genre: fictionRating: CReview:Cover: The first thing I noticed on the cover is ‘An Australian Pastoral’. In this book a pastoral is simply and escape…place of retrea...

  • Lisa

    Last week, when I posted some Sensational Snippets from Stephen Orr’s new novel The Hands I was preoccupied by his evocation of a pitiless landscape in marginal country on the edge of the Nullarbor....

  • Michelle Prak

    The pace, the human detail and the setting won't suit all readers - but I think this book is absolutely amazing. Doesn't hurt that I've spent time in an around the book locations.When it comes to read...

  • Arlene

    A remote cattle farm, an extended family, making the farm pay for its keep. What an engrossing read. It's my first ever book of Stephen Orr....

  • Jennifer (JC-S)

    ‘Trevor Wilkie knelt in front of the fence.’Trevor Wilkie and his family live on a remote cattle farm called Bundeena, in the west of South Australia. There are seven members of this extended fami...

  • Mark

    I have read all of Stephen Orr's books, so was eager about this one. It didn't disappoint. The way Orr depicts the character of the people, culture and landscapes of South Australia is remarkable. Thi...

  • Sue

    A wonderful read which beautifully captures a farming family ... Its stresses, strains as well as the love; the tricky challenges regarding succession and expectations; the way harsh life can engender...

  • Helen Gottsh

    Reading Group selection for April 2016...