From author, Kath Engebretson, Red Dirt Odyssey.
This ‘Boomer-lit’ tale draws on loss and loneliness, friendship and renewal, risk and adventure. It features the dramatic landscapes of Western Australia, its outback towns, coastline and its incomparable Kimberley region.
The novel assembles a diverse cast of characters, each of whom interacts with the landscape to find healing and hope. There is Alice, a widow in search of a new life; Simon a dwarf and renowned landscape photographer; Christian a young shearer driven to self-hatred; Lois, an Anangu health worker, and Bob a refugee from tragedy in Melbourne. There are farmers and shearers, a controversial Catholic bishop, unique outback characters, politicians, and always the landscape itself, a central character in the novel. Against its background many themes in contemporary Australian life are explored.
About the author:
While author Kath Engebretson lives in Melbourne she has spent prolonged time travelling in the Australian landscape with her husband and dog. In the Kimberley, she has found a country of the heart. She also loves reading and photography.
Kath is a teacher and academic, and the mother of four adult children and grandmother to seven boys and girls. Red Dirt Odyssey is her first fictional title, but in her field of religious studies she is the author and editor of several academic books, and many student textbooks. Her PhD focused on teacher education, and she taught in the Education Faculty at Australian Catholic University for seventeen years. In that capacity Kath mentored several doctoral students.