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Karen Viggers
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The Orchardist's Daughter

Karen Viggers


Allen & Unwin

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


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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Mikaela's family are fundamentalists who have little interaction with the outside world. When an accident forces her and her older brother Kurt away from the family farm and into a timber town, she is still kept isolated and locked away, apart from working in the small business Kurt has purchased. At the same time, a new ranger has come into the area. Leon is the descendant of generations of timber cutters and is looked on as a traitor to the family values. As Miki quietly and secretly starts to rebel against Kurt's strictures, and Leon struggles for acceptance in a community suspicious of conservationists, the two form a friendship that will help them both find their way in the world.

A quietly unfolding novel of resilience and growth, that captures the essence of struggling rural townships and the people who live there. The descriptions of the natural environment and the old growth forest are particularly appealing, and the big themes are handled with delicacy and conviction. Viggers is particularly beloved by readers overseas (she has sold close to half a million copies of her books in France!) and this finely crafted novel should please as well. Lindy Jones


Sixteen-year-old Mikaela has grown up isolated and homeschooled on an apple orchard in southeastern Tasmania, until an unexpected event shatters her family. Eighteen months later, she and her older brother Kurt are running a small business in a timber town. Miki longs to make connections and spend more time in her beloved forest, but she is kept a virtual prisoner by Kurt, who leads a secret life of his own.

When Miki meets Leon, another outsider, things slowly begin to change. But the power to stand up for yourself must come from within. And Miki has to fight to uncover the truth of her past and discover her strength and spirit.

Set in the old-growth eucalypt forests and vast rugged mountains of southern Tasmania, The Orchardist's Daughter is an uplifting story about friendship, resilience and finding the courage to break free.

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By:   Karen Viggers
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   500g
ISBN:   9781760630584
ISBN 10:   1760630586
Publication Date:   February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Born in Melbourne and raised in the Dandenong Ranges riding horses and writing stories, Karen went on to study veterinary science at Melbourne University before working in practice for several years. She completed a PhD in wildlife health, and since then she has worked on a wide range of Australian native animals, including kangaroos. Karen loves landscapes, wild places, people and animals. She is the author of three novels: The Stranding (2008) and the bestselling, The Lightkeeper's Wife (2011) and The Grass Castle. She lives in Canberra with her husband and two children.

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