Monday, March 15

Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living

Have just finished Carrie Tiffany's book, which is quirky and poignant. It is the story of the people who travelled on the Better Farming Train that toured Victoria's Mallee in the 1930s. Seems quite surreal that such a thing existed but she has brought the journey to life and written a really good fictional account of the era. Also a cautionary tale on the absolute reliance on superphosphate and plant breeding when drought hits.

A dazzling first novel and deserved its prizes and all the hoopla. Also a welcome relief from Nicholas Skakespeare's biography of Bruce Chatwin that is finally read. Published by Picador and available in all good bookshops....and my local Op shop!!

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