Danny Dawson lives in the middle of the Australian outback. His older brother Jonny was killed in an accident last year but no-one ever talks about it. And now it's time for the annual muster. The biggest event of the year on the cattle station, and a time to sort the men from the boys.
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Engrossing ... an extremely promising debut Guardian A stunning coming-of-age story with a gripping Australian outback setting and a strong and interesting plot. A debut novel to look out for. -- Julia Eccleshare Lovereading Lewis adds a cast of striking local characters and a convincing knowledge of life in the outback. This is a debut coming of age novel that exudes a raw reality reflected in the language and in prevailing attitudes to Aborigines, Pommies, women and what constitutes a real man. It will well repay attention from male teen readers and makes Ali Lewis one to watch. Books for Keeps A harsh but beautiful coming-of-age story with a sweeping cinematic feel...a cracking debut. The Scotsman Gripping and realistic ... an outstandingly strong first novel. -- Susan Elkin Independent on Sunday
Ali Lewis was born in rural North Yorkshire in 1976, the second of three children. Being cast as Rose Herriot in the final series of All Creatures Great and Small opened the door to a new world. After graduating from university, she went into a career in journalism, then in 2002 she left to travel the world. It was in Australia, working on an outback cattle station, that she found the inspiration for her first novel, Everybody Jam. Since her return, Ali worked as a features writer and now has moved on to work in public relations.