Salt Creek

  • by Lucy Treloar
  • Narrated by Ulli Birvé
  • 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the winner of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the 2013 Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award comes Lucy Treloar's new novel.
Some things collapse slow and cannot always be rebuilt, and even if a thing can be remade it will never be as it was.
In 1855 Salt Creek lies at the far reaches of the remote, beautiful and inhospitable coastal region, the Coorong, in the new province of South Australia. The area, just opened to graziers willing to chance their luck, becomes home to Stanton Finch and his large family, including 15-year-old Hester Finch. Once wealthy political activists, the Finch family has fallen on hard times. Cut adrift from the polite society they were raised to be part of, Hester and her siblings make connections where they can, with the few travellers who pass along the nearby stock route - among them a young artist, Charles - and the Ngarrindjeri people they have dispossessed.
Over the years that pass, an Aboriginal boy, Tully, at first a friend, becomes part of the family. Stanton's attempts to tame the harsh landscape bring ruin to the Ngarrindjeri people's homes and livelihoods and unleash a chain of events that will tear the family asunder. As Hester witnesses the destruction of the Ngarrindjeri's subtle culture and the ideals that her family once held so close, she begins to wonder what civilization is. Was it for this life and this world that she was educated?

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fantastic story that really brings the era to life

slow to start but worth it. a great tragic story with a vividly depicted backdrop of the Australian bush
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- Tony

A Good Aussie Story

At first I wasn't sure if this book would be too wrapped up in early Australian politics but the story is far from it!
I found this book to be captivating and a very interesting account of the early days of Australian Settlers. The characters are engaging and the story throws up some interesting twists!
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- Chloe Starick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-03-2016
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd