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  • Published: 3 September 1999
  • ISBN: 9780733801914
  • Imprint: Bantam Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $19.99

In The Middle Of Nowhere




In the Middle of Nowhere is a story of beating the odds, of the power of love and the strength of family ties to overcome every obstacle.

In the Middle of Nowhere is a story of beating the odds, of the power of love and the strength of family ties to overcome every obstacle.

Terry met John at St Vincents Hospital, where she was training to be a nurse and he was recuperating from a horse-riding accident. They wrote love letters to each other for five years before marrying. Terry's new home on the huge pastoral lease of Riveren consisted of a tent and a newly drilled bore. The newlyweds literally built their station from scratch, brick by brick, and raised and educated their four children on the station.

In the Middle of Nowhere is a story of beating the odds, of the power of love and the strength of family ties to overcome every obstacle. It is a story told with warmth and a knowledge of the bush, its people, and the issues facing the Northern Territory of Australia today.

  • Published: 3 September 1999
  • ISBN: 9780733801914
  • Imprint: Bantam Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Terry Underwood

Terry, a modern pioneer cattlewoman, published her overnight bestselling autobiography In The Middle Of Nowhere in 1998 and its stunning photographic sequel Riveren: My Home, Our Country in 2000. Terry’s books and photography, and her many speaking engagements, have helped convey a sense of what is so special about the Northern Territory, the Australian Outback and their people to a much wider audience. Ambassador for Australia’s Year of the Outback, Terry founded and coordinated a major fundraising exercise for the creation of the Katherine Icon. This larger-than-life-sized bronze statue of a stockman on horseback, by sculptor Archie St Clair, stands in Katherine as a lasting tribute to the pioneers of the pastoral industry. Terry is also known for her charitable works, especially for St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, for which she commissioned and coordinated the book of its sesquicentenary history. In The Middle of Nowhere became an Australian Classic in 2006.

Praise for In The Middle Of Nowhere

"Being a bush person myself, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which paints a very real picture of life in the Outback." - Dr Colleen McCullough

"This is a modern adventure story, inspirational and enthralling." - Sunday Times

"I shall always cherish my friendship with this great Australian family. As you read their intriguing story you'll think, "How can they do it? Why would they do it?" It takes a special breed to accept the challenge. Thank God Australia still produces such sturdy stock." - Daryl Somers

"At the heart of this story is a young city nurse who embarked on a big adventure to become one of Australia's most remarkable Outback women." - Caroline Jones, introduction to Australian Story, ABC

"Terry and John Underwood have defied climate, isolation and a land as unforgiving as it is remote to carve a place for themselves in the furthermost reaches of the Australian outback. In doing so, they may also have carved a niche for themselves in Australian folklore." - Derek Hanson, author of Lunch with Mussolini, Sole Survivor, Blockade, Dead Fishy and Psycho Cat.

"The writing is splendid, and her description of the difficulties and tribulations of life in the outback ...paint such a clear picture of living problems presented by remote parts of Australia that I have no hesitation in comparing it favourably with Mrs Gunn's old classic (We of the Never Never)." - Canberra Times

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