Salt Creek

Salt Creek

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Some things collapse slow, and cannot always be rebuilt, and even if a thing can be remade it will never be as it was.

Salt Creek, 1855, lies at the far reaches of the remote, beautiful and inhospitable coastal region, the Coorong, in the new province of South Australia. The area, just opened to graziers willing to chance their luck, becomes home to Stanton Finch and his large family, including 15 year-old Hester Finch.

Once wealthy political activists, the Finch family has fallen on hard times. Cut adrift from the polite society they were raised to be part of, Hester and her siblings make connections where they can: with the few travellers that pass along the nearby stock route - among them a young artist, Charles - and the Ngarrindjeri people they have dispossessed. Over the years that pass, and Aboriginal boy, Tully, at first a friend, becomes part of the family.

Stanton's attempts to tame the harsh landscape bring ruin to the Ngarrindjeri people's homes and livelihoods, and unleash a chain of events that will tear the family asunder. As Hester witnesses the destruction of the Ngarrindjeri's subtle culture and the ideals that her family once held so close, she begins to wonder what civilization is. Was it for this life and this world that she was educated?
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 134 x 146mm | 292g
  • ABC/ Bolinda Audio
  • VIC, Australia
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1489341153
  • 9781489341150
  • 1,522,921

Review quote

'Salt Creek introduces a capacious talent.' -- The Australian 'This fine, accomplished novel is a respectful and unobtrusively beautiful homage to the Ngarrindjeri people.' -- Sydney Morning Herald
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About Lucy Treloar

Lucy Treloar was born in Malaysia and educated in England, Sweden and Melbourne. A graduate of the University of Melbourne and RMIT, Lucy is a writer and editor, and has plied her trades both in Australia and in Cambodia, where she lived for a number of years. She has an abiding love for Southeast Asia, a region she retains links with through her editing work, which focuses on English language translations of a diverse range of material including folk tales and modern narrative forms. Ulli Birve has performed for various companies in Australia including Playbox Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, Hit Productions, Sydney Theatre Company, Red Shed and State Theatre Company of South Australia. She performed in the production Oceans and Utopias in Lisbon for World Expo (directed by Philippe Genty), and for television Ulli played Helen Virtue in the ABC series Something in the Air.
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