'Nightjar's come alive at night. Australia's character is divided like night and day and these stories explore that twilight zone. Most have won national competitions or been published or broadcast in the USA, UK, Italy, Indonesia, China and Singapore.
There are Tassie Tigers, secretive Night Birds, communist writers and communal whales, story telling women and the spectre, everywhere, of a country that hasn't quite made up its mind whether it wants the midnight or the light.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)
Broome:Magabala Books,2001Z8998712001single work novel historical fiction With his fourth novel, Bruce Pascoe firmly establishes himself at the peak of contemporary Australian literature. Earth is a daring and thought provoking work; a novel of voices from the past and the present. The setting is the Victorian countryside, west of Melbourne during the latter part of the nineteenth century. The story unfolds through the lively dialogue of its protagonists, some wordly, others more ethereal. It is a story of love, denial, hypocrisy, greed and murder. There is also humour and warmth in the narrative, counterbalancing the sense of anger and sadness at the injustice, duplicity, mendacity and callous brutality being perpetrated in the name of Christianity, civilisation and progress. And ultimately there is hope amongst despair, as old values richly reassert themselves against overwhelming odds. (Source: LibrariesAustralia)