Winner of The Australian/Vogel Literary Award for 2001. A compelling, wild novel based on the true story of a young English woman who survives a shipwreck off the coast of Western Australia in 1835.
Sarah Hay began writing as a livestock journalist for the Western Farmer and Grazier. Prior to that she had worked as a jillaroo on a cattle station in the Kimberleys as well as with shearing teams as a shedhand and farmhand. She is also qualified as an Enrolled Nurse. In 1989 Sarah went to London and after freelancing for a few months joined the national newspaper Today as a diary reporter. On her return to Perth in 1993 she entered public relations. Five years later she left her job with The Rowland Company to begin an Arts degree part-time at the University of Western Australia. She is now in her second year of studies as she took a year off to complete her novel. Sarah grew up east of Esperance on a station not far from the coast but now lives in Perth with her nine-year-old son Robert.
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