On a property in New South Wales, a man named Holland lives with his daughter Ellen. As years pass and Ellen grows into a beautiful young woman, her father announces his decision: she will marry the first man who can name all the species of the eucalypt, down to the last tree.
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 129 x 198 x 17mm | 192g
- 20 May 1999
- Vintage Publishing
- The Harvill Press
- London, United Kingdom
"His sentences have a perpetually off-balance wit which gives you life's jumble, its mystery, its unexplained compactness. You take in the humour first, but then they deepen and deepen. Buy the book. You won't have read anything like it"
A most unusual, enchanting work...a novel of most beguiling originality -- Carmen Callil * Daily Telegraph * His sentences have a perpetually off-balance wit which gives you life's jumble, its mystery, its unexplained compactness. You take in the humour first, but then they deepen and deepen. Buy the book. You won't have read anything like it -- Francis Spufford * Evening Standard * Tall trees inspire tall tales. Eucalyptus makes most other novels seem weedy by comparison. It is a towering achievement -- Mark Sanderson * Time Out * Bail tells a story which is encrusted with delicious detail, and writes in an affecting mood of rapt tenderness. The book will haunt its readers long after more perfectly-finished fictions have faded from their memories -- Andrew Motion * Observer * One of the great and most surprising courtships in literature -- Michael Ondaatje
About Murray Bail
Murray Bail was born in Adelaide in 1941, and now lives in Sydney. His first novel, Homesickness, won the National Book Award for Australian Literature and the Melbourne Age Book of the Year Award. His subsequent novel, Holden's Performance, won the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction. His non-fiction includes an acclaimed monograph on the work of the painter Ian Fairweather.