By Murray Bail
<b>Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for top Book
</b><b> A New York occasions booklet Review outstanding booklet of the Year
On a estate in New South Wales, a widower named Holland lives together with his daughter, Ellen. through the years as she grows right into a attractive girl, Holland vegetation hundreds of thousands of other eucalyptus timber on his land, filling the panorama, creating a digital outside museum of timber. whilst Ellen is 19, Holland pronounces that she may well in simple terms marry the guy who can competently identify the species of every and each gum tree on his estate. a wierd contest starts off, and Ellen is left unmoved by way of her suitors until eventually she percentages on a wierd younger guy resting below the Coolibah tree whose tales will amaze and dazzle her. a latest fairy story, and an unforgettable love tale, that bristles with spiky truths and unforeseen knowledge approximately artwork, female good looks, panorama, and language. Eucalyptus affirms the seductive energy of storytelling itself.
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They didn't get many calls. Mostly Duane's buddy looking for him to go drinking or strip a few cars that had broken down on the highway. Their Bud and Babe money they called it, and often right to her face. No, it was not Duane's boys calling this early. M. would find them three hours into the deep sleep of another drinking binge. After the third ring, for some reason, her hand had reached out and plucked up the phone. The man's voice was crisp and professional. He had sounded as though he were reading from a script and her sleep-clouded mind had pretty much reasoned that he was trying to sell her something.
He would make her see, convince her of the inescapable logic of joining with him. How it would change everything for her. More than she could ever imagine. More than she could ever hope for. How could she say no? It was an offer that simply no one could refuse. If she came. Jackson rubbed his cheek with the back of his hand, took a long, slow drag on the cigarette, and stared absently at a nail pop in the wall. But, truth be known, how could she not come? CHAPTER TWO The brisk wind sailed straight down the narrow dirt road between the compression of thick woods on either side.
The information was readily available, he had replied, so authoritatively that she instantly believed him. But she already had a job, she had told him. He asked what her salary was. She refused to answer at first and then, opening her eyes while Lisa suckled contentedly, she told him. She wasn't sure why. Later, she would think that it was a premonition of things to come. Because that's when he had mentioned the pay. One hundred dollars per weekday for a guaranteed two weeks. She had quickly done the arithmetic in her head.