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At the age of six, Kerry McGinnis loses her mother. Her father, left with four young children to raise, gathers up his family and leaves the city to go doving. For the next fifteen years, the McGinnis clan travels the continent, droving, horse breaking and living off the land. Kerry grows up in the harsh outback, and the animals that inhabit the land are her closest friends.

With the memory of her absent mother ever present, Kerry begins her difficult journey into young womanhood.


Lyrical, humorous and moving, Pieces of Blue is a family history that lingers after the reading is done.

The Australian

This is a beautifully written collection of fragments, vivid but tantalising snapshots of McGinnis's life.

Sydney Morning Herald

McGinnis relates the saga of her childhood and her growing up years with verve.

Townsville Bulletin

Kerry McGinnis's personal - and personable - story offers insights into an Australia unknown by urbanites. And into the human values and verities that underwrite life there.

The Australian

It is the author's word pictures of the sights, smells and sounds of the bush, and her perceptive rendering of the characters along the way, that make Pieces of Blue a book to be treasured.

Sunshine Coast Sunday

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    June 5, 2000


    304 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook


    June 5, 2000

    Penguin eBooks

    308 pages

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