BOOKS

The Burial

Courtney Collins

RRP: £12.99

2 May 2013

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781743315002

It is the dawn of the twentieth century in Australia and a woman has done an unspeakable thing.

Twenty-two-year-old Jessie has served a two-year sentence for horse rustling. As a condition of her release she is apprenticed to Fitzgerald ‘Fitz’ Henry, who wants a woman to allay his loneliness in a valley populated by embittered ex-soldiers. Fitz wastes no time in blackmailing Jessie and involving her in his horse rustling and cattle stealing enterprises.

When Fitz is wounded in an accident he hires Aboriginal stockman Jack Brown to steal horses with Jessie. Soon both Jack Brown and Jessie are struggling against the oppressive and deadening grip of Fitz.

One catastrophic night turns Jessie’s life on its head and she must flee. From her lonely outpost, the mountains beckon as a place to escape. But first she must bury the evidence…