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Roger McDonald
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A Sea-Chase

Roger McDonald



Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945);


288 pages

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Out at sea can be a beautiful and ferocious place to find yourself. Growing up in inland Australia, Judy has rarely seen the sea. But now, when as a young teacher, she flees a rioting classroom one day and, feeling like a dud and a failure, she gets drunk and wakes up on a boat. Overnight her life changes. This is Australian author Roger McDonald’s (a long-time friend of Abbey’s) tenth and most surprising novel.

Judy finds herself in love with being on the water and in love with Wes Bannister who lives on the boat. Sailing was not something she had ever thought about wanting, but now she craved it. Wind was the best teacher she’d had, by far…

From then on, Judy believes that the one trusted continuation of herself is with Wes, and always will be, but then events at sea challenge their closeness. Must they become competitors against each other in the push to be equals?

A Sea-Chase is a novel that vividly tracks ambition, self-realisation, and lasting love tied up in a sea story. Nobody who sets off to do something alone, without family, friends, rivals, and a pressing duty to the world, ever really does so alone.

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By:   Roger McDonald
Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   380g
ISBN:   9780143786986
ISBN 10:   0143786989
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   October 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Roger McDonald was born at Young, NSW, and educated at country schools and in Sydney. He began his working life as a teacher, ABC producer, and book editor, wrote poetry for several years, but in his thirties turned to fiction, expressing the feeling that for him, at least, poetry was unable to express a full range of characters and moods, the larger panorama of Australian life that I felt was there to portray . His first novel was 1915, a novel of Gallipoli, winner of the Age Book of the Year, and made into a highly successful eight-part ABC-TV mini-series (now on DVD). Since 1980 McDonald has lived on farms (no farm animals except poultry and a corrugated iron sheep, these days) outside Braidwood, with intervals spent in Sydney and New Zealand. His account of travelling the outback with a team of New Zealand shearers, Shearers' Motel, won the National Book Council Banjo Award for non-fiction. His bestselling novel Mr Darwin's Shooter, was awarded the New South Wales, Victorian, and South Australian Premiers' Literary Awards. The Ballad of Desmond Kale won the 2006 Miles Franklin Award and South Australian Festival Prize for Fiction. A long story that became part of When Colts Ran was awarded the O. Henry Prize (USA) in 2008. His new novel is The Following.

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