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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 biculars 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 biculars 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 kws all about girls. But how much does he really kw Betty? Mateship with Birds is a tender, witty vel of young lust and mature love. A glorious tale of incence 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.
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.
Winner of Stella Prize 2013. Short-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2013.