Winner of the 1999 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book
A New York Times Notable Book of 1998
"There is such delight in Eucalyptus, such a strange and sly and swerving humour -- You will never forget what is at the heart of this novel -- one of the great and most surprising courtships in literature."
Amidst the spearing light and broken shadows of Australia's Outback, a man named Holland raises his daughter, Ellen. As she grows into a woman of unusual beauty, he tends an orchard that boasts every species of eucalyptus. When Ellen is nineteen, her father makes an announcement: she will marry the man who can successfully name each tree. What emerges is a story scintillating with sudden wisdom and spiky truths, a modern-day fairy tale that affirms the seductive power of storytelling itself.
Winner of Commonwealth Writer's Prize Best Book South East Asia and South Pacific 1999. Shortlisted for APA Design Awards: Australian Paper Best Designed Hardback 1998 and Victorian Premier's Literary Award - Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction 1999 and Book Data/ABA Book of the Year Award 1998 and Miles Franklin Literary Award 1999.
Murray Bail was born in Adelaide in 1941. Homesickness, his first novel, won the National Book Award for Australian Literature and the Melbourne Age Book of the Year Award. Holden's Performance, first published in 1988, won the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction. Eucalyptus was the winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Murray Bail's non-fiction includes an acclaimed monograph on the work of the painter Ian Fairweather and Longhand, A Writer's Notebook.