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From bestselling author Nicole Alexander comes an epic novel of bravery, loyalty and impossible love that takes the reader on a spellbinding journey from the streets of early Sydney to the heart of Australia’s wild, untamed lands.

From bestselling author Nicole Alexander comes an epic novel of bravery, loyalty and impossible love that takes the reader on a spellbinding journey from the streets of early Sydney to the heart of Australia’s wild, untamed lands.

New South Wales, 1837, and settlers in search of fertile country are venturing far outside the colony. Literally cutting a swathe through the bush with their bare hands, they lay claim to territory beyond government jurisdiction - and the reach of the law.

As she accepts a position on one such farm, seventeen-year-old Kate Carter is unaware she is entering a land of outlaws, adventurers and murderous natives.

Because the first people of this new world will no longer accept the white man’s advance, and retaliatory attacks on both sides have made it a frontier on the brink of war.

Into Kate’s path comes Bronzewing, a young white man schooled by a settler family yet raised within an Aboriginal tribe. Caught between two worlds, Bronzewing strives to protect his adopted people and their vanishing civilisation.

But as he and Kate will discover, ‘beyond the outer limits’ is a beautiful yet terrifying place, where it’s impossible to know who is friend and who is enemy . . .

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

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781742759890

    March 28, 2016

    Bantam Australia

    432 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781742759883

    September 1, 2015

    Bantam Australia

    432 pages

    RRP $32.99

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    • Boomerang Books
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    • The Nile
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    • Readings
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    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781742759906

    September 1, 2015

    Random House Australia

    512 pages

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Extract

1817 – The Mountain
Florence pushed open the bark door of the humpy. Outside she sensed movement in the dense scrub. Black against black beneath a late-rising moon. She stood motionless, waiting for the man to show himself. He ?nally appeared from the tangle of scrub to stand on a rock on the far bank of the creek. The black was a barrel-chested man with spindly legs and a long spear, which he leaned on while watching the humpy. He peered across a slice of moonlit land, the trees threw shadows, the creek glittered. Florence tugged at the shawl hugging her shoulders and turned to check on her son. The six-year-old remained sleeping.
 

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