Mr B's review
Rough and flinty Mac Macauley makes his living as an itinerant worker wandering the dusty back roads of New South Wales. The unpredictable work, the hard-labour and brawly bars make this a no-go environment for children. And yet Macauley has a four-year old companion – his confident but vulnerable daughter Buster; his burden; his “shiralee”. As they traipse on, skirting close to trouble, they squabble constantly and encounter kind, peculiar and sometimes dangerous fellow travellers. As times get tougher there are signs that they might yet learn to appreciate one another.
It was first published in the 1950’s and remains in print with PenguinClassics in Australia. It’s a novel with incredibly broad appeal thanks to its blend of atmosphere, humour and tension.
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