Mateship with Birds
Mateship n. the quality or state of being a mate; esp: fellowship
On the outskirts of a country town in the early 1950s, a lonely farmer trains his binoculars on a raucous family of kookaburras roosting next to his dairy. But as Harry observes the birds through a year of feast, famine, birth, death, war, romance and song, his neighbour, Betty, has her own set of binoculars trained on him.
Of Betty's two fatherless children, it is Michael who gravitates towards the gentle man next door, and Harry, sensing Michael is ready to stretch his wings, decides to teach him the oldest lessons in the world. Harry knows all about girls. But how much does he really know Betty?
Mateship with Birds is a tender, witty novel of young lust and mature love. A glorious tale of innocence lost, it celebrates life on one small farm in a vast, ancient landscape, and a collection of misfits who question what a family might be.
Winner of Stella Prize 2013.
Winner of the NSW Premier's Literary Awards' Christina Stead Prize 2013
Shortlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award 2013
Finalist of the Melbourne Prize for Literature for Best Writing Award 2012
Shortlisted for the VIC Premier's Literary Awards' Prize for Fiction 2013
Longlisted for The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2013 (formerly The Orange Prize)
Longlisted for Nita B Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers' Kibble Literary Award 2013
"Clever, original and richly rewarding" --Australian Bookseller Publisher
"It might just be the sweetest book about sex you will ever read" --Sydney Morning Herald
Carrie Tiffany was born in West Yorkshire. Her family migrated to Western Australia in the early 1970s. Her first novel, Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living, was shortlisted for the 2006 Orange Prize, Guardian First Book Award and Miles Franklin Award.