Mateship With Birds

Mateship With Birds On The Outskirts Of An Australian Country Town In The 1950s, A Lonely Farmer Trains His Binoculars On A Family Of Kookaburras That Roost In A Tree Near His House Harry Observes The Kookaburras Through A Year Of Feast, Famine, Birth, Death, War, Romance And Song As Harry Watches The Birds, His Next Door Neighbour Has Her Own Set Of Binoculars Trained On Him Ardent, Hard Working Betty Has Escaped To The Country With Her Two Fatherless Children Betty Is Pleased That Her Son, Michael, Wants To Spend Time With The Gentle Farmer Next Door But When Harry Decides To Teach Michael About The Opposite Sex, Perilous Boundaries Are Crossed Mateship With Birds Is A Novel About Young Lust And Mature Love It Is A Hymn To The Rhythm Of Country Life To Vicious Birds, Virginal Cows, Adored Dogs And Ill Used Sheep On One Small Farm In A Vast, Ancient Landscape, A Collection Of Misfits Question The Nature Of What A Family Can Be.

Carrie Tiffany was born in 1965 in Halifax, West Yorkshire and migrated to Australia with her family in the early 1970s She grew up in Perth, Western Australia In her early twenties she worked as a park ranger in Central Australia.She moved to Melbourne in 1988 where she began work as a writer, focusing mainly on agriculture Tiffany took up writing fiction and completed a creative writing cours Carrie Tiffany was born in 1965 in Halifax, West Yorkshire and migrated to Australia with her family in the early 1970s She grew up in Perth, Western Australia In her early twenties she worked as a park ranger in Central Australia.She moved to Melbourne in 1988 where she began work as a writer, focusing mainly on agriculture Tiffany took up writing fiction and completed a creative writing course She completed a master s degree in Creative Writing at RMIT University and is working towards her doctorate at La Trobe University.Tiffany s debut novel,Everyman s Rules for Scientific Living , was a remarkable success on its release in 2005, winning several awards and shortlisted for some major awards, including the Miles Franklin Award and the Orange Prize.Her second novel,Mateship with Birds which takes its title from the 1922 book of the same name by ornithologist Alec Chisholm , was published in 2012

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  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • Mateship With Birds
  • Carrie Tiffany
  • English
  • 20 October 2019
  • 1742610765

10 thoughts on “Mateship With Birds

  1. says:

    I was really excited to have won this book after hearing from a friend how much she enjoyed the Carrie Tiffany previous book Everyman s Rules for Scientific Living Unfortunately this didn t work for me.This story is about the relationship between neighbours, Harry and Betty, and life in a small country town of Victoria in the 1950 s Harry is a middle aged bachelor if he s not attending to his dairy farm, he spends most of his free time journal writing, poetry, and bird observation Harry l I was really excited to have won this book after hearing from a friend how much she enjoyed the Carrie Tiffany previous book Everyman s Rules for Scientific Living Unfortunately this didn t work for me.This story is about the relationship between neighbours, Harry and Betty, and life in a small...

  2. says:

    Tiffany managed to create an interesting mix of characters and raised some interesting ideas, however this book to me felt like a jumbled together collection of short stories that reached no real engrossing conclusion The tension in the novel was commendable, however the overall plot seemed lacking and not once did I feel engrossed or connected to any one of the characters The themes of sexual maturity and immaturity weave throughout the book constantly, mostly in a disturbing fashion Persona Tiffany managed to create an interesting mix of characters and raised some interesting ideas, however this book to me felt like a jumbled toge...

  3. says:

    Mateship with Birds is, primarily, about Harry, a divorced dairy farmer outside the small regional town of Cohuna, Victoria in the 1950s He s a quiet, observant man who takes holistic care of his cows which have names like Big Joyce, Pineapple, Enid and Linga Longa Wattle Flower while imagining himself as their manager and they, star performers on the road He keeps a notebook in the shed in which he records, in verse form, the goings ons of the resident kookaburra family Mum, Dad, Tiny an Mateship with Birds is, primarily, about Harry, a divorced dairy farmer outside the small regional town of Cohuna, Victoria in the 1950s He s a quiet, observant man who takes holistic care of his cows which have names like Big...

  4. says:

    This is a book about sex Sex between humans, sex between other animals, and in at least one instance, sex between a human and another animal Although extremely explicit, even when describing the various casual perversions of rural life, the book is never crude for the sake of being crude or for cheap shock value Set in rural Victoria of the 1950s, the central characters are Harry, a dairy farmer, and Betty, a nurse and single mother of two children who has moved in next door to him The plot This is a book abou...

  5. says:

    Ho hum For a book about birds, this one never got off the ground Tiffany has an interesting writing style, combining dry technical passages about dairy farming there are a lot of words you won t even know what they mean not that it really matters , close and quite interesting observations of Australian bird life and the often brutal ends that birds meet, with snatches of narrative by various members of two neighboring Australian rural households in the 50s Be warned, for those of you wit Ho hum For a book about birds, this one never got off the ground Tiffany has an interesting writing style, combining dry technical passages about dairy farming there are a lot of words you won t even know what they mean not that it really matters , close and quite interesting observations of Australian bird life and the often brutal ends that birds meet, with snatches of narrative by various members of two neighboring Australian rural households in the 50s Be warned, for those of you with delicate sensibilities, Tiffany writes very graphically about sex, bringing the same dry observational tone to descriptions of human sexuality as she does to observing bird species or dairy cow behavior As befits a book centered on dairy farming, there s an awful lot of detailed talk about breasts But about everything else too Which is not to say that it s an erotic book whether it s the clinical tone or the highly episodic nature of Tiffany s narrative, you never feelfor the protagonists ...

  6. says:

    When a book comes along about cows, dairy farming, frustrated desire and falling in love, I have to say I m reading up a storm The cows Enid, Fatty, Babs, Big Joyce, Wee Joyce, Stumbles and the rest and the pasture, figure as intensely as the birds that Harry writes about , and I find myself longing to subscribe to the Victorian Dairy Farmer s Weeklylife on a farm in the 50 s was about applied science, but no amount of science can help Harry in the seduction of his hard working and singl When a book comes along about cows, dairy farming, frustrated desire and falling in love, I have to say I m reading up a storm The cows Enid, Fatty, Babs, Big Joyce, Wee Joyce, Stumbles and the rest and the pasture, figure as intensely as the birds that Harry writes about , and I find myself longing to sub...

  7. says:

    Although I possess a tome giving name to the copious array of birds that populate my island, I am no amateur ornithologist Naturally thecommon species that abound around my riverside abode black swan, kookaburra, pelican, blue wren as well as the uninspiring starling and sparrow are known, as is the majestic sea eagle that occasionally soars down the valley The rich variety of water fowl present on the Derwent elude recognition though, as are a mystery to me the brightly plumed stand Although I possess a tome giving name to the copious array of birds that populate my island, I am no amateur ornithologist Naturally thecommon species that abound around my riverside abode black swan, kookaburra, pelican, blue wren as well as the uninspiring starling and sparrow are known, as is the majestic sea eagle that occasionally soars down the valley The rich variety of water fowl present on the Derwent elude recognition though, as are a mystery to me the brightly plumed standouts that flit and trill in the nearby shrubbery The shenanigans of the turbo chooks on the front lawn are a constant delight, but I am no twitcher, as is Harry, the character centr...

  8. says:

    As this book falls completely outside of my usual read I think it is worth pointing out that my view is probably worth less than those who are regulars in the genre As I have very few reads in this genre to compare it to I cannot say where exactly it falls in greatness for the genre That being said, of the few books that I have read in this area this one does not compare in the slightest.In my mind it seems as though it s just a collection of random moments across the lives of the characters w As this book...

  9. says:

    This book started so well, with its lyrical prose and clarity, that I thought I would devour it in a single seating I appreciate the attention to detail, and the fact that it made me feel though weird feelings, I should say Carrie Tiffany describes the human body like nothing I have ever read Even the act of sex itself comes under sharply observed details, albeit calm, sweet and ultimatel...

  10. says:

    I m afraid I must be a cultural cretin because I didn t enjoy this book at all I was really hoping to do so I just ended up feeling that the characters had lived too long in the country and too closely with animals for their own mental health Very dark Too darkeven for me But I m happy to discuss and be enlightened Let me know what you thought I liked the cover design And I know that sounds facile but I do like it At least it s one good thing I can say about the book That and that s I m afraid I must be a cultural cretin because I didn t enjoy this book at all I was really hoping to do so I just ended up feeling that the characters had lived too long in the country and too closely with animals for th...

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