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The Bark Cutters

by Nicole Alexander

Sarah Gordon knows what she wants: the family homestead, Wangallon. When it comes to working the homestead she’s a natural but, as a woman, it’s not her birthright. Even when her beloved older brother is killed in a tragic accident, nobody looks to Sarah to inherit. Instead her grandfather passes management to Anthony Carrington, who was once Wangallon’s jackeroo.

Feeling betrayed, Sarah escapes to Sydney to try to put Wangallon behind her. But her heart is pulled in two directions: Sydney with its cafes and social life, her blossoming career as a photographer, and her accountant boyfriend, Jeremy. Or the property that has been in her family for over 120 years, with its floods, its droughts, the ghosts of generations past, and Anthony…

Past and present interweave in a story that traces the Gordon family from the arrival of Scottish immigrant Hamish Gordon in Australia in the 1850s to the life of his great-granddaughter, Sarah.


“A great saga that traces family history with a wealth of romance.”  Woman’s Day

“A life on the land in outback NSW has inspired first time author Nicole Alexander to write about the bush in The Bark Cutters, which captures the lives of four generations of one family..”  Sunday Mail Brisbane

“With flasbacks to the 1850’s, The Bark Cutters explores the highs and lows of living on a generational family farm.”  Australian Country Style Magazine

“A pacy read…rollicking family saga.”  Weekly Times Now


01 May, 2010

About Nicole Alexander

A fourth-generation grazier, Nicole returned to her family's property in the early 1990s. She is currently the business manager there and has a hands-on role in the running of the property. Nicole has a Master of Letters in creative writing and her novels, poetry, travel and genealogy articles have been published in Australia, Germany, America and Singapore. She is the author of five novels: The Bark CuttersA Changing LandAbsolution Creek, Sunset Ridge and The Great Plains.


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