The Burial

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Allen & Unwin, 2013 - Australia - 291 pages
This book is inspired by Australia's last bushranger, young woman Jessie Hickman. It is the dawn of the twentieth century in Australia and a woman has done an unspeakable thing. Twenty-two-year-old Jessie has served a two-year sentence for horse rustling. As a condition of her release she is apprenticed to Fitzgerald 'Fitz' Henry, who wants a woman to allay his loneliness in a valley populated by embittered ex-soldiers. Fitz wastes no time in blackmailing Jessie and involving her in his business of horse rustling and cattle duffing. When Fitz is wounded in an accident he hires Aboriginal stockman, Jack Brown, to steal horses with Jessie. Soon both Jack Brown and Jessie are struggling against the oppressive and deadening grip of Fitz. One catastrophic night turns Jessie's life on its head and she must flee for her life. From her lonely outpost, the mountains beckon as a place to escape. First she must bury the evidence. But how do you bury the evidence when the evidence is part of yourself?

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The Burial is a poetic, reimagined tribute to the extraordinary life of legendary Australian 'lady bushranger', Jessie Hickman. Set in the 1920's, as Jessie flees the law after murdering her brutal ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Courtney Collins was awarded a 2015 Sydney Myer Creative Fellowship worth $160,000 over two years. Collins is the author of The Burial (A&U), which was shortlisted for the Vogel award in 2009 and following publication was shortlisted for a number of awards, including the NSW Premier¿s Award for Fiction and the Stella Prize.

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