By Carrie Tiffany

Publish 12 months note: First released in 2005

This special edition celebrates forty years of Picador with one in all Australia's best literary reads. With sixteen pages of additional content material, together with studying crew notes, an essay and awards checklist, this unique variation will make a worthwhile contribution in your bookshelf.

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In this sensual, witty, and startlingly unique first novel, Jean Finnegan searches for her position in a tumultuous international wracked by means of the nice melancholy and the start of worldwide conflict II. Carrie Tiffany captures the frailty and sweetness of the human and vividly conjures up the desire and sadness of an era.

Billowing airborne dirt and dust and data, the govt "Better Farming Train" slides in the course of the wheat fields and small cities of Australia, bringing recommendation to the folk dwelling at the land. The teach is staffed by way of irresistibly eccentric agricultural and household specialists, from Sister Crock, the prim head of "women's subjects," to Mr. Ohno, the japanese bird expert, to Robert Pettergree, a scientist with an strange style for soil. Amid the swaying vehicles jam-packed with cows, pigs, and wheat, a wierd and quick seduction happens among Robert and Jean. In an environment of heady clinical idealism they settle within the impoverished Mallee farmland with the ambition of reworking the land via science.

In luminous prose, Tiffany writes concerning the demanding situations of farming, the nature of small cities, the stark and terrifying fantastic thing about the Australian panorama, and the delicate relationships between guy, technology, and nature. Everyman's ideas for clinical residing is a passionate and heartbreaking novel from an mind-blowing new writer.

Awards
Orange Prize Nominee for Fiction Shortlist (2006)
Guardian First publication Award Nominee (2006)

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Lord bless the viscount. He really was a god. "Oh, bad luck, Harold," Nicola said with a kind smile. " An expression grew across the Milksop's ferretlike face that Nicola didn't recognize. That was because it was the first time she'd ever seen that particular emotion on her cousin's face. It turned out to be determination. She ought to have known what his next question would be, but still, when it actually came, she was surprised. " Harold asked in a deceptively light tone. She couldn't believe it.

Nicola wanted to know, as she reached for the bonnet her maid held. " "Perfectly rich people, you mean," Phillip said. " Lady Sheridan looked to be at the end of her patience with her children. "It is uncouth to comment upon the financial status of others. " "And really, Phil," Eleanor said scornfully. "The idea of Nicky choosing to stay with the Bartholomews over us simply because they happen to have more money than we do is positively ridiculous. How could you think something so wicked, and of our Nicky?

Lady Farelly, who had come along for the ride most reluctantly, as she disliked missing luncheon, and besides, had a dressmaker's appointment later in the day, looked about without enthusiasm. To her, London began and ended with Mayfair, and anything outside of it was simply tiresome. "I hope, Jarvis," she said to her husband, "that wherever we're going, there aren't going to be monkeys. " Lord Farelly laughed heartily, and assured his wife she had nothing to fear. And then the carriage pulled to a halt beside a large crowd all clustered around something in the square that Nicola couldn't see.

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