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The Rouseabout,

By Rachael Treasure

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Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Published In: Australia, 03 March 2008
Kate Webster is a loveable larrikin who likes to play hard now and worry about the consequences later. She can't help mucking up the opportunities life gives her. Rocked by the death of her mother, she takes on a dare at one of Australia's wildest rural social events - a Bachelors & Spinsters ball - to 'scalp' gorgeous farm boy Nick McDonnell. It's a dare that changes everything. For just as Kate is ready to start her new life, away from her grieving father and the pressures of the family farm, she discovers she is pregnant. Now, several years later, with toddler Nell by her side, it's time for Kate to come home to face the music - and the father of her child...Set on the beautiful island of Tasmania, where Rachael Treasure once kicked up her own heels at B&S balls, The Rouseabout is an unforgettable story about discovering the things that truly matter, and finding love that lasts.

About the Author

Tasmanian born Rachael Treasure gets as excited about dung beetle activity in the soil as she does by beautiful writing. By combining her love for the land and the written word, Rachael sparked a publishing boom in 2002 when her first novel Jillaroo woke the world up to contemporary women's stories beyond the city lights. Rachael lives in Southern rural Tasmania and is a full time mother to two young humans and many eccentric animals including a budgie called Putty Plonkit. She has been dubbed an agricultural activist, farm feminist and literary pioneer and has worked as a rural journalist, radio broadcaster, truffle sniffer dog handler, professional wool classer, stock camp cook, drover, farm manager and working dog trainer. Her novels following Jillaroo include The Stockman, The Rouseabout, The Cattleman's Daughter, The Farmer's Wife, Cleanskin Cowgirls and short story collections, The Girl and the Ghost-Grey Mare and Fifty Bales of Hay. Non fiction works are Don't Fence Me In - Grassroots Wisdom from a Country Gal and working dog training book, Dog Speak. Her screenplay Albert's Chook Tractor was filmed for SBS Independent TV.

EAN: 9780143007890
ISBN: 0143007890
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Dimensions: 19.6 x 14.3 x 2.6 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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4 review(s)
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Pam on
Couldnt put this book down. The descriptions of the people, countryside, etc made me feel I was a part of the whole of Kates life. I felt I was going everywhere with her, feeling what she felt and seeing what she saw. Loved every word of it.
Jodie on
ALL Rachael Treasure's books i have read are absolutely BRILLIANT i am normally not much of a reader but i could not put this book down! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
Kim on
one of my favourites, loved the whole series! would recommand it to anyone!
Customer on
Yound single mother, Kate returns home to Tasmania after losing her job in NSW from bad behaviour and excessive boozing. She returns to tragady and grief. A new step mother complete with take over step siblings compound the feelings of being out of place at her home.
The father of her daughter learns of her existance and a developing relationship with what had been an underage one night stand dare develops but not without some big bumps in the road.

This is an enjoyable read. Sometimes the overtly aussie tone makes me cringe, but I do see a lot of truth and reality in her books, I too have done the B&S scene, it is accurate.

This book wont change you world or your thinking, but you will enjoy relaxing with it at the end of the day.

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