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Four men. One unbreakable friendship. Forged in the mighty Iron Ore State.

'The denuded earth of the iron-ore loading yards, the huge jetties thrusting their way out into the clear blue sea, the endless ponds of the solar salt farm, stretching stark and white over hundreds of hectares… all appeared a hideous invasion upon nature. But to Mike McAllister, there was something faintly ludicrous about it. Man's interference seemed petty in the face of such unconquerable timelessness. In millions of years, mankind would cease to exist, but this terrain would not. This was the Pilbara…'

Floodtide is a brilliant observation of turbulent times in the mighty 'Iron Ore State' - Western Australia. The novel traces the fortunes of four men and four families over four memorable decades: The prosperous post-war 1950s when childhood is idyllic and carefree in the small, peaceful city of Perth… The turbulent 60s when youth is caught up in the conflict of the Vietnam War and free love reigns… The avaricious 70s when Western Australia's mineral boom sees the rise of a new young breed of aggressive entrepreneurs… The corrupt 80s and the birth of 'WA Inc', when the alliance of greedy politicians and powerful businessmen brings the state to its knees, even threatening the downfall of the federal government.

Each of the four who travel this journey has a story to tell. An environmentalist fights to save the primitive and beautiful Pilbara coast from the careless ravaging of mining conglomerates; a Vietnam War veteran rises above crippling injuries to discover a talent that gains him an international reputation; and an ambitious geologist joins forces with a hard-core businessman to lead the way in the growth of Perth from a sleepy town to a glittering citadel. But, as the 90s ushers in a new age when innocence is lost, all four are caught up in the irreversible tides of change, and actions must be answered for.

Floodtide is a character-driven, merciless rush of blood from the pen of Judy Nunn, one of Australia's master storytellers.

Reviews

An honest portrait of a place, peopling it with fascinating, flawed characters ... A stunning blockbuster.

Woman's Day

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  • Paperback

    9781864712476

    October 3, 2011

    Arrow Australia

    704 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781864714531

    May 1, 2010

    RHA eBooks Adult

    704 pages

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Also by Judy Nunn

Spirits of the Ghan
Sanctuary
Oskar the Pole
The Otto Bin Empire: Clive's Story
The Great Australian Writers' Collection 2013
Elianne
Just South of Rome
The Wardrobe
The House on Hill Street
The House on Hill Street (Storycuts)
The Wardrobe (Storycuts)
Tiger Men
Judy Nunn Free Sampler
Kal
Maralinga
Heritage
Pacific
Beneath The Southern Cross
Araluen
Territory
Centre Stage
The Glitter Game

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Swing Time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Girls
The Mistress
The Bone Collection
Cold Blood
Fifty Shades Darker
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