Mateship with Birds

A celebration of the natural world and of family in all its forms.

Carrie Tiffany

Mateship n.  the quality or state of being a mate; esp: fellowship

On the outskirts of a country town in the early 1950s, a lonely farmer trains his binoculars on a raucous family of kookaburras roosting next to his dairy.

But as Harry observes the birds through a year of feast, famine, birth, death, war, romance and song, his neighbour, Betty, has her own set of binoculars trained on him.

Of Betty’s two fatherless children, it is Michael who gravitates towards the gentle man next door, and Harry, sensing Michael is ready to stretch his wings, decides to teach him the oldest lessons in the world. Harry knows all about girls. But how much does he really know Betty?

Mateship with Birds is a tender, witty novel of young lust and mature love. A glorious tale of innocence lost, it celebrates life on one small farm in a vast, ancient landscape, and a collection of misfits who question what a family might be.

Genre: Fiction
Paperback : 224 pages
ISBN: 978033054446701
Published: 06/06/2013

Carrie Tiffany

Carrie Tiffany

Carrie Tiffany was born in Yorkshire and grew up in Perth, Western Australia. Her debut, Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living, won the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the 2006 Orange Prize, the Guardian First Book Award, and the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

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