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  • Published: 1 March 2011
  • ISBN: 9781864711622
  • Imprint: Bantam Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $24.99

The Bark Cutters

One woman torn between love and the land

Sarah Gordon knows what she wants: the family homestead, Wangallon. When it comes to working the homestead she’s a natural but as a woman, it’s not her birthright. Even when her beloved brother, Cameron James, first born and heir, is killed in a tragic accident, nobody looks to Sarah to inherit. Instead her grandfather passes management to the one man she truly loves. Feeling betrayed she runs away to Sydney to try to put Wangallon, behind her, but it’s in her blood. She is constantly drawn back to Wangallon but when will she finally admit that it’s not just Wangallon she longs for but the station’s manager, Anthony.

THE BARK CUTTERS is an Australian family saga that centres around the family property, Wangallon. Past and present interweave in a story that traces the Gordon family from the arrival of Scottish immigrant Hamish Gordon in Australia in the 1850’s to the life of his great granddaughter, Sarah, in the 1980’s. Full of action, romance, tragedy, family secrets and misunderstandings this novel has a bit of something for everyone but particularly the discerning commercial women’s fiction reader.

  • Pub date: 1 March 2011
  • ISBN: 9781864711622
  • Imprint: Bantam Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Nicole Alexander

A fourth-generation grazier, Nicole returned to her family's property in the early 1990s. She is currently the business manager there.

Nicole has a Master of Letters in creative writing and her novels, poetry, travel and genealogy articles have been published in Australia, Germany, America and Singapore.

She is the author of nine novels: The Bark Cutters, A Changing Land, Absolution Creek, Sunset Ridge, The Great Plains, Wild Lands, River Run, An Uncommon Woman and Stone Country.

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Praise for The Bark Cutters

“Praise for The Bark Cutters”

“A great saga that traces family history with a wealth of romance.”

“Woman's Day”

“Past and present are woven through this engrossing Australian saga from new outback author Nicole Alexander.”

“Doubleday Books”

“A Life on the land in outback NSW has inspired first time author Nicole Alexander to write about the bush in The Bark Cutters, which captures the lives of four generations of one family..”

“Sunday Mail Brisbane”

“Can't wait for "The Farmer Wants A Wife"? Get stuck into this Aussie saga spanning four generations. Four stars.”

“NW Magazine”

“With flasbacks to the 1850's. The Bark Cutters explores the highs and lows of living on a generational family farm.”

“Australian Country Style Magazine”

“I was lucky enough to see this debut fiction novel before it was published. An engrossing multi-generational saga set around Wangallon, the Gordon family homestead, this multi-layered story of romance, risk and family secrets by Nicole Alexander, 'Australia's Newest Bush Storyteller', is highly recommended.”

“Sara Foster-Author of Come Back To Me (Random House 2010)”

“A pacy read…rollicking family saga”

“Weekly Times Now”

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