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From the author of ALL THE RIVERS RUN. Nurse Alix Macfarlane works on an isolated settlement in the harsh, great red centre of Australia. She marries Jim Manning, a Queensland cattleman, and moulds a new life for herself, founding a clinic for the cattle-stations aborigines. When Jim meets his death in the First World War, Alix's only solace is their daughter Caro, who will fulfil Alix's dream of bringing medical, care to this disturbing, secretive country, when she becomes a pilot and nurse in the newly-formed flying doctor service.
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The compelling terrain of the Australian outback, the setting of this grandly proportioned novel, draws two women--Alix Macfarlane and, later, her daughter Caro--to their fates. First met in the early part of this century, Alix is the daughter of wealthy landowners in Adelaide, chafing at her parents' expectations that she will marry and settle into their well-bred society. Against their wishes, idealistic Alix pursues a nursing degree and then works in an outback clinic where she finds the primitive conditions and the desert land harsh but fulfilling. After marriage to a farmer, Alix moves deeper into "the red heart of Australia, belonging as the Aborigines belonged to a dream-time thousands of years old." Widowed during WW I, Alix begins a career with the airborne medical services; it is Caro, however, a pilot as well as nurse in WW II, who will bring Alix's aspirations to fruition. As in her All the Rivers Run , Cato conveys the haunting allure of a beautiful but unforgiving land, within the context of a captivating story.
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Book Description Charnwood, 1992. Condition: Fair. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In fair condition, suitable as a study copy. Dust Jacket in fair condition. Seller Inventory # 4513385