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From Nicole Alexander, the 'heart of Australian storytelling', comes an epic historical novel that takes three brothers from the drought-stricken outback of Queensland to the horror of the trenches in World War One.

From Nicole Alexander, the 'heart of Australian storytelling', comes an epic historical novel that takes three brothers from the drought-stricken outback of Queensland to the horror of the trenches in World War One.

They went to war and fought for love ...

Although Madeleine has grown up in the shadow of her grandfather, the renowned artist David Harrow, she knows little about him. For David died long before she was born, and his paintings sold off to save the family property, Sunset Ridge.

Now, decades on, with the possibility of a retrospective of David’s work, Madeleine races to unravel the remarkable life of her grandfather, a veteran of the Great War, unaware that his legacy extends far beyond the boundaries of the family property…

It’s 1916, and as Europe descends further into bloodshed, three Queensland brothers -Thaddeus, Luther and David Harrow - choose freedom over their restricted lives at Sunset Ridge. A ‘freedom’ that sees them bound for the hell of the trenches.

With the world on fire around them, the brothers bear witness to both remarkable courage and shocking carnage. But they also come to understand the healing power of love – love for their comrades, love for each other, and love for the young, highly spirited girl they left back home…

This is a story of bravery and misadventure, of intolerance and friendship, most of all it is the story of three young men who went to war and fought for love.

'Alexander writes [with] a deep love of the land' Courier-Mail

Reviews

A wonderfully researched, beautifully written saga.

Woman's Day

Seamlessly interlacing modern Australia with war-torn Europe in the early 20th Century, Sunset Ridge is Nicole's finest work yet.

Queensland Country Life

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  • Paperback

    9781864712780

    November 3, 2014

    Bantam Australia

    496 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781864712773

    September 2, 2013

    Bantam Australia

    480 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9781864712797

    September 2, 2013

    Random House Australia

    480 pages

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Extract

Sunset Ridge, south-west Queensland, Australia
February 2000 

Madeleine swore under her breath as she swerved and skidded in the red dirt to avoid hitting a sheep. She had forgotten the distances involved when it came to travelling in outback Queensland – the last road trip she had undertaken had been a relatively easy three-hour drive from Sydney to an emerging artist’s exhibition in the Hunter Valley. In contrast, seven hours in a car heading south-west, after ?ying into Brisbane from Sydney the night before, was akin to a marathon. Her eyes felt as if they were receding into her brain, a sensation not helped by a night on the chardonnay with her mother, Jude. 


 

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