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Introduction by Jennifer Down
Tin River is a townlet of terminal attractiveness.
Tin River is a state of mind.
Researching in the archives Belle discovers the long-dead Gaden Lockyer, a colonial pioneer in Jericho Flats, and soon becomes obsessed. Belle’s quest for Lockyer is her way of coming to terms with the past—her mother, ‘a drummer in her own all-women’s group’; her absent American father; and her ineffectual husband, Seb. In Reaching Tin River, Thea Astley’s satire is at its sharpest and most entertaining.
‘Dazzling imagery on every page…Beautifully written.’
‘Intelligent, fresh, and new.’
‘How lucidly Ms. Astley evokes for us Australia’s rough pioneer history and Belle’s love for it…You will like this journey, I promise, and when it is over you will wish it weren’t, and you will feel cross and want from Ms. Astley much, much more.’