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  • Published: 5 June 2000
  • ISBN: 9780140295306
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $24.99

Pieces of Blue




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.

  • Pub date: 5 June 2000
  • ISBN: 9780140295306
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Kerry McGinnis

Kerry McGinnis was born in Adelaide and at the age of twelve took up a life of droving with her father and four siblings. The family travelled extensively across the Northern Territory and Queensland before settling on a station in the Gulf Country. Kerry has worked as a shepherd, droving hand, gardener and stock-camp and station cook on the family property Bowthorn, north-west of Mt Isa. She is the author of two volumes of memoir, Pieces of Blue and Heart Country, and the bestselling novels The Waddi Tree, Wildhorse Creek, Mallee Sky, Tracking North, Out of Alice, Secrets of the Springs and The Heartwood Hotel. Kerry now lives in Bundaberg.

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Praise for Pieces of Blue

“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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