Book review: Back to the Pilliga

BOOK: Back to the Pilliga
AUTHOR: Tony Parsons
PUBLISHER: Allen & Unwin Aust
RRP: $29.99

IT WAS always expected that Lachie Sinclair and his brothers would one day take over the family property, Kamilaroi, but when tragedy strikes, Lachlan blames his father and angrily renounces any future for him at Kamilaroi, in the Coonabarabran district.

Moving to the city, Lachie joins the police force and quickly rises through the ranks.

He eventually goes out on his own as a private investigator.

When a wealthy society woman asks Lachie to lead the search for her missing daughter, he reluctantly agrees and it is this search that sees him return to his roots among the infamous Pilliga scrub of New South Wales.

Tony Parsons' ability to weave the rugged and beautiful Australian landscape into his stories is second to none.

Through his novels the landscapes come alive and felt like characters in their own right - it is something that Parsons has done in his previous four novels (The Call of the High Country, Return to the High Country, Valley of the White Gold and Silver in the Sun).

Back to the Pilliga is a wonderful tale packed with action, family drama and raw human emotion.

Set with a rural Australian backdrop it is hard not to insert yourself into the story and feel yourself swept up in the drama.

It is an easy book to read and perfect for curling up with a cup of tea on a dreary weekend.

For fans of Australian fiction, Back to the Pilliga is a must-read novel.

Tony Parsons is a bestselling writer of rural Australian novels.

He has worked as a sheep and wool classer, journalist, news editor, rural commentator, consultant to major agricultural companies and an award-winning breeder of animals and poultry.

He also established Karrawarra, one of the top kelpie studs in Australia, and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his contribution to the propagation of the Australian kelpie.

Tony lives with his wife near Toowoomba and maintains a keen interest in kelpie breeding.

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