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.
“Every so often someone writes fiction that ravishes the popular imagination. Robert Drewe … has done it again in Whipbird, an absolutely compelling read and also something more. Like Tsiolkas’s The Slap, it has the great advantage of both a soap element and a massive ensemble effect, beautifully coordinated ... It's a kind of Canterbury Tales standing still, and it's a winner.”
The Saturday Paper
“There's satire, revelation and redemption aplenty in Robert Drewe's latest novel.”
Digby Hildreth, Verandah Magazine