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One woman torn between love and the land

Sarah Gordon knows what she wants: the family homestead, Wangallon. When it comes to working the homestead she’s a natural but as a woman, it’s not her birthright. Even when her beloved brother, Cameron James, first born and heir, is killed in a tragic accident, nobody looks to Sarah to inherit. Instead her grandfather passes management to the one man she truly loves. Feeling betrayed she runs away to Sydney to try to put Wangallon, behind her, but it’s in her blood. She is constantly drawn back to Wangallon but when will she finally admit that it’s not just Wangallon she longs for but the station’s manager, Anthony.

THE BARK CUTTERS is an Australian family saga that centres around the family property, Wangallon. Past and present interweave in a story that traces the Gordon family from the arrival of Scottish immigrant Hamish Gordon in Australia in the 1850’s to the life of his great granddaughter, Sarah, in the 1980’s. Full of action, romance, tragedy, family secrets and misunderstandings this novel has a bit of something for everyone but particularly the discerning commercial women’s fiction reader.


A great saga that traces family history with a wealth of romance.

Woman's Day

A life on the land in outback NSW has inspired first time author Nicole Alexander to write about the bush in The Bark Cutters, which captures the lives of four generations of one family..

Sunday Mail Brisbane

Can't wait for The Farmer Wants A Wife? Get stuck into this Aussie saga spanning four generations. Four stars.

NW Magazine

With flasbacks to the 1850's, The Bark Cutters explores the highs and lows of living on a generational family farm.

Australian Country Style Magazine

A pacy read...rollicking family saga.

Weekly Times Now

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  • Paperback


    March 1, 2011

    Bantam Australia

    512 pages

    RRP $19.99

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    May 1, 2010

    Random House Australia

    512 pages

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Autumn, 1982 
West Wangallon Homestead 
North-west New South Wales

Sarah stood quietly in the corner of the kitchen as her mother removed the piping hot scones from the oven and, wrapping a tea towel around them, rested them on the kitchen sink to cool.

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