The Drover's Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Deep in the heart of Australia's high country, along an ancient, hidden track, lives Molly Johnson and her four surviving children, another on the way. Husband Joe is away months at a time droving livestock up north, leaving his family in the bush to fend for itself. Molly's children are her world, and life is hard and precarious with only their dog, Alligator, and a shotgun for protection - but it can be harder when Joe's around.
At just 12 years of age, Molly's eldest son, Danny, is the true man of the house, determined to see his mother and siblings safe - from raging floodwaters, hunger and intruders, man and reptile. Danny is mature beyond his years, but there are some things no child should see. He knows more than most just what it takes to be a drover's wife.
One night, under the moon's watch, Molly has a visitor of a different kind - a Black 'story keeper', Yadaka. He's on the run from authorities in the nearby town, and exchanges kindness for shelter. Both know that justice in this nation caught between two worlds can be as brutal as its landscape. But in their short time together, Yadaka shows Molly a secret truth, and the strength to imagine a different path.
Full of fury and power, Leah Purcell's The Drover's Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson is a brave reimagining of the Henry Lawson short story that has become an Australian classic. Brilliantly plotted, it is a compelling thriller of our pioneering past that confronts head-on issues of today: race, gender, violence and inheritance.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 17 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||17 August 2021|
|Publisher||Penguin Random House Australia Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 20 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
7 in Literature & Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
15 in Genre Fiction (Books)
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A woman’s struggle to protect her unborn babies, her children, her dignity, self worth.
It makes you realise how horrendous some women had it trying to survive back then.
It was ok for a man to brutalise their women or any woman really. The struggle was real. Alcohol fuelled rages making things worse! Same as today.
If you were not 100% white or a woman. You were treated abysmally. Real life situations.
If you were black it was ok to be killed for like even giving eye contact. You were blamed for murders you didn’t commit. So sad the injustices of the law. What can I say??
Death, still borns, rape,abuse, gender inequality and the list goes on. To just survive never mind about living life. Heart wrenching. Women and children were so vulnerable to abuse. They had to endure all this silently and with no help.
Thanks Leah for this book. Some parts I couldn’t put down. The ending was shocking but I guess real life. But there was hope in there. Highly recommend this book. Well written too🤩🤩🤩
I admit to being confused by the to and from of the story line initially, but it really works as we start, cycle back, and then come back to where it starts, and the aftermath. Harsh, gritty, brutal, reflective of the time, Leah Purcell tells the story in such a way you gain empathy for both sides, and also for women. Deeply touching at the same time. I look forward to more from this author who really knows how to make you feel you are in the story.
Thank You for this truthful fictional account of Australian Colonialism. Because of your story I now know I am the holder of stories, I need to share.