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Gender: Female
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Fleur McDonald was born in Orroroo, in the mid-north of South Australia, where her parents were fuel distributors. She attended Orroroo Area School during her primary years and then became a boarder at Annesley College, Adelaide for her secondary education. McDonald spent some time as a jillaroo in South Australia and Western Australia. She continued her studies at Marcus Oldham Farm Management College, studying Agribusiness.

McDonald and her husband, Anthony McDonald, have farmed land in the Esperance region of Western Australia.

Source: Fleur McDonald's website,
Sighted: 26/02/2009

Most Referenced Works


  • Voted number 48 in the Booktopia Top 50 Favourite Australian Authors for 2018

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon What Should a Horse Say? Frenchs Forest : New Frontier , 2018 14875042 2018 single work picture book children's

'Farmer Rochelle owns a cow that says moo moo, a sheep that says baa baa, a chicken that says chick chick and a horse that says ... chick chick! What on earth could be wrong with Farmer Rochelle’s horse?

'A playful farmyard story full of animal friends and the noises they make.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Three to 5 Years
y separately published work icon Where the River Runs Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 2018 14227550 2018 single work novel crime

'Nine years ago, thirty-year-old Chelsea Taylor left the small country town of Barker and her family's property to rise to the top as a concert pianist. With talent, ambition and a determination to show them all at home, Chelsea thought she had it made. Yet here she was, in Barker, with her four-year-old daughter, Aria, readying herself to face her father, Tom. The father who'd shouted down the phone nine years ago never to come home again.

'With an uneasy truce developing, Chelsea and Aria settle into the rhythm of life on the land with Tom and Cal, the farmhand, who seems already to have judged Chelsea badly. Until a shocking discovery is made on the riverbed and Detective Dave Burrows, the local copper, has to tear back generations of family stories to reveal the secrets of the past. Chelsea just wants a relationship with her dad but will he ever want that too? Or will his memory lapses mean they'll never get that opportunity?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
y separately published work icon Fool's Gold Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 12580761 2018 single work novel crime

'Newly badged Detective Dave Burrows' first posting to the far West goldfields town of Barrabine holds everything he's looking for, but Melinda, his wife of two weeks, is devastated at leaving behind her family, friends and career. More comfortable in heels than RM Williams, Melinda walked away from her much-loved job in the city as a paediatric nurse to follow Dave into the bush. Dave settles in easily to the plain-speaking toughness of his new town, determined to do well, knowing that Barrabine could be his stepping stone into the elite Stock Squad. But will his marriage last the distance?

'As Dave investigates reports of mysterious late-night trespassing, a missing person and guns being drawn on strangers, a local prospector phones in with horrific news that could hold the key to everything . . . Written with Fleur's trademark warmth and outstanding storytelling, this first book in the Detective Dave Burrows series is a compelling and exciting beginning.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
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