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  • The Erratics grabbed me by the throat and never let go. Its sharp vinegary tone added  a thrilling and bracing  note to  this portrayal  of an extreme  dysfunctional family. The writing has a visceral quality as well as a terrific sense of timing, irony and place – an unfamiliar and remote location far removed from Australia, but the author’s tug back to Australia from this cold, inhospitable setting adds another dimension of contrast. There is a universality to the story, of ageing parents and conflicted children grappling with uncomfortable responsibilities. I loved it.’

    Caroline Baum, author, journalist, broadcaster and literary reviewer

    ‘If someone had told me this manuscript was by a young Margaret Attwood or Alice Munro, I wouldn’t have been surprised.  The bleak beauty of the Canadian landscape set against this wry memoir of a daughter’s journey with her sister through their parents’ decline into ill-health and dementia is an extraordinary read.  The Erratics of the title is a huge boulder on flat prairie land, which years ago caved in and became unsafe to climb.  An apt metaphor for the difficulties of traversing the boulders of family life for sure.’

    Candida Baker, author, journalist, literary critic and editor