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The new novel from the acclaimed author of The Drifter.

'When you look up at that sky, tell me you don't know the world is bigger than this farm.'

Teddy Broderick is committed to her busy life in the country – seeding, harvest, shearing, and the daily milking of her grandmother’s cow – but she dreams of another life, in the world beyond the farm gate.
But just as she thinks she knows everything about her family, her grandmother Deirdre announces there is a house buried on the property, and archaeologist Will Hastings is coming to dig it up.
What is hidden in Deirdre’s childhood home that she needs to see again before she dies? What is preventing Teddy from living the life she truly wants, and will she ever find her freedom?
As Teddy and Will work to expose past secrets to the light,the stories they tell bring them together, and unearth a whole world of buried treasures.

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  • Trade Paperback


    February 26, 2018

    Michael Joseph

    352 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook


    February 26, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

    352 pages

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Chapter 1

The sun was warm on the cow’s back, the day had been mild, and she was making her way into the yard for the afternoon milking. The new grass was coming through now, watered by rains from the south and dried again by the cool winds that followed.

Today the pale heat was tugging at it, rousing it from its sleep. The cow’s hooves moved slowly, her udder swinging its old rhythm and her brown eyes cast towards the troughs of feed by the cowshed.

Deirdre Broderick was waiting there for her impatiently. Here she came, slow as you like. Deirdre tut-tutted and rubbed her bony knuckles. Arthritis. Here she was for milking. It was the same routine every day of their lives, in a rhythm demanded by nature and duty. Just as surely as the sun rose to start each day, the cow needed to be milked. Month after month, year after year, the warm milk flowed through her udder. It was an endless bounty that Deirdre had sworn to collect despite her age, her frailty and a resentment, which had never left her.

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