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The Fierce Country

True stories from Australia's unsettled heart, 1830 to today

Stephen Orr

The Fierce Country
The Fierce Country holds no malice, but neither pity. It just sits, and bakes, and waits. We do the rest. We provoke it when we mine above its aquifers. Weaken it, and ourselves, when we leave mountains of asbestos to blow away in the wind. Misunderstand it when we see it as nothing more than a resource. Resent it when it takes our children.

The open spaces and isolated places outside Australia's cities have unsettled us from first European settlement to today - often with very good reason.

In this nail-biting book combining the notorious and little-known, acclaimed author Stephen Orr has collected true stories that have shaped and continue to haunt the Australian psyche: mysteries, disappearances, mistreatment and murder.

Fatal conflicts between an Aboriginal tracker and the police employers hunting his community. An itinerant conman picking up tips for the perfect murder from a famous novelist around a campfire on the Rabbit-Proof Fence. And that fateful day when Peter Falconio pulled over beside a desert highway.

Together these tales chart an undercurrent of shifting cultural tensions as Australians find, lose and question who we are.

'His writing is piercing, brutal, powerful, both in respect to his unflinching gaze and his wielding of plain English like a weapon.' - Sam Cooney, Australian

Praise for Time's Long Ruin
'Astonishingly vivid ... It is Orr's cleaving of the ordinary to the unspeakable that gives the novel its potency and brings it within the margins of the Australian Gothic.' - Hannah Kent

Stephen Orr is the author of seven novels, a short story collection and a book of non-fiction. He writes features and occasional columns, and teaches part-time. He lives in Adelaide.
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Category Biography/Autobiography/True Stories
Format Paperback
Size 210 x 140 mm
ISBN 9781743055748
Extent 228 pages
Price: AU$27.95 including GST
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