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Spinifex Baby


    Spinifex Baby is a beautifully written and evocative hymn to the Australian landscape and to the strength that lies within us all.

    I thought I knew how hard it would be. What I didn’t know was that it would test me to the inner core. This desert with its rolling dune fields is an unforgiving land that relentlessly destroys even its own ancient beauty. It is a place where, compared to the age of the landscape, a single life means less than a grain of sand. I could not have known that the biggest challenge I would face would not be from the piercing sun, not from the unforgiving dust, not even from the aching loneliness of isolation, but from the treachery of my own self.

    When Karen and her partner Al set forth from the cold mountains of Tasmania to the 45-plus degree heat of central Australia to transform a cattle station into a conservation reserve, they were ready to embrace the beauty of the land and throw themselves into the task of protecting native plants and animals. They thought they had all the skills necessary to beat the heat, the dust and their isolation from society. However, when Karen became unexpectedly pregnant, their lives were turned upside down. Suddenly their biggest danger was not their exposure to the harsh elements but to the deepest fears that resided within themselves…

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  • The Mercury: Desert and dust inspires award-winning book

    The Mercury Spinifex Baby 23 05 14

    Sun-Herald: Desert dreams marred by sickness and depression

    Sun Herald Spinifex Baby 08 06 14

    The Hoopla: Meredith Jaffe interviews Karen Harrland

    The Hoopla interviews Karen Harrland about Spinifex Baby 23 05 14


  • Life Matters, Radio National: Natasha Mitchell interviews Karen Harrland