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  • Published: 30 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143791942
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99


No holds are barred as the Cleary family attempts to put long-held tensions behind them to celebrate a milestone. What could possibly go wrong?

Kungadgee, Victoria, Australia. A weekend in late November, 2014. At Hugh and Christine Cleary’s new vineyard, Whipbird, six generations of the Cleary family are coming together from far and wide to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the arrival of their ancestor Conor Cleary from Ireland. Hugh has been meticulously planning the event for months – a chance to proudly showcase Whipbird to the extended clan. Some of these family members know each other; some don’t.

As the wine flows, it promises to be an eventful couple of days.

Comic, topical, honest, sharply intelligent, and, above all, sympathetic, Robert Drewe’s exhilarating new novel tells a classic Australian family saga as it has never been told before.

  • Pub date: 30 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143791942
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Robert Drewe

Robert Drewe is the author of seven novels, four books of short stories, two memoirs, six other works of non-fiction and two plays. His work has been widely translated, and adapted for film, television, theatre and radio.

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Praise for Whipbird

“'Drewe's literary instincts are as impeccable as his ear for the English language is unfaltering...'”

Richard King, Weekend Australian

“'He writes with humility and clarity, in spare, uncomplicated prose, with a storyteller's gift in short and long fiction, essay and memoir.'”

David Gaunt, Australian Bookseller & Publisher

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