Liona is looking back over her life. She has been a witness – and sometimes an unwilling participant – to Australia’s twentieth century. In many ways her story has mirrored Australia’s own. There have been wars, hardship, depression, moments of salvation and triumph.
Blackwattle Road is an unforgettable first novel by a writer who understands, as Ruth Park does, the bittersweet nature of family and love and the way a new country can be built on old longings.