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Publication date
1st September 2017



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WEL excl Aus and NZ

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Salt Creek

Author Lucy Treloar


A story of love, duty, hardship and intolerance through the eyes of a strong woman in 1850s colonial Australia.

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A story of love, duty, hardship and intolerance through the eyes of a strong woman in 1850s colonial Australia.

A part of me will always live at Salt Creek though it is on the far side of the world…

The comfortable and respectable life Hester Finch now leads in Chichester, England, could not be further from the hardship her family endured on leaving Adelaide for Salt Creek in 1855. Yet she finds her thoughts drawn back to that remote, beautiful and inhospitable outcrop of South Australia and the connections she and her siblings forged there, far from the city society in which they had been raised: encounters with the few travellers passing along the nearby stock route and the local indigenous people – in particular a boy, Tully, whom Hester’s father seeks to educate almost as his own son – would change the fates of the Finches forever; nor would life ever be the same again for those who had long called the area home.

‘Refigures the historical novel … Salt Creek introduces a capacious new talent’ The Australian
‘Written with a profound respect for history: with an understanding that beyond a certain point, the past and its people are unknowable.’ Sydney Morning Herald
‘[A] deeply moving story about love and rejection as much as it is about the impact of European settlement and the destruction of Indigenous culture.’ Sunday Age
‘A haunting story, beautifully written and quietly subversive.  It’s a spectacular debut.’ ANZ Lit Lovers
Salt Creek is a novel alive with character, history and poetry, leading us with careful understatement into the unfamiliar world of the Coorong region of Southern Australia.’ The judges of the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction
Bonus Material
Salt Creek’s Reading Guide
Lucy Treloar

Meet the author

Lucy Treloar was born in Malaysia and educated in Melbourne, England and Sweden, and worked for several years in Cambodia. Awards for her writing include the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Salt Creek is her first novel. Lucy lives in Melbourne with her husband, four children and two whippets.

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