From nineteenth century London to remote outback Australia, two sisters – pulled apart by love – are brought together by tragedy.
When Harriet Cameron follows her beloved sister, Sarah, to the harsh Australian outback – as dangerous as it is beautiful, as mysterious as it is wild – she is alienated by the casual violence and great injustices of outback life.
Harriet's recovery from this alienation begins with her growing friendship with an Aboriginal stockman and her increasing love for the landscape. But this fragile happiness is soon threatened by murders at a nearby cattle station and by a menacing station hand who is seeking revenge...
A professor at the ANU who lived for some years in the UK, Alison Booth has previously published four novels, A Perfect Marriage, Stillwater Creek, The Indigo Sky, and A Distant Land. These have been described as 'a really lovely book' (The Sunday Telegraph) and 'A finely observed historical drama' (The Age); as capturing 'the heart and sould of a time... you can practically smell the eucalyptus, and picture that titular indigo sky' (Australian Bookseller & Publisher); and 'I found myself engrossed in the drama of Zidra's investigation... all the way to the final page', (The Canberra Times). Alison lives with her husband in Canberra's inner north.
The Philosopher's Daughters
Author: Alison booth