I have finished reading The Miner’s Wife. Once started, I couldn’t put it down. I thought the storyline unique and the expression most interesting.
Bob Prince, author of The Farrier’s Son, December, 2015
Norseman, the setting of Melinda’s Hammond’s novel, The Miner’s Wife, is presently in the line of fire from the out-of-control bush fires that are ravaging the dry Nullarbor Plain of Western Australia.
Many thirsty men and in some instances wives and children have perished in this merciless part of the world where desert lizards struggle to survive.
All for what? Venturing into a hapless land, braving isolation and depravation in the hope of striking gold.
Norseman, established in the 1890s, has a colourful and sometimes cruel history. It’s history is an epic moment in time that, prior to Melinda’s writing, remained a mere relic of the past.
Her story, a gripping narrative, reveals the back-story of what drove miners to pitch themselves against the challenges of this forsaken, yet beautiful, part of the Australian continent.
My thoughts are pushed forward in anticipation of what other stories of the past will be revealed in the fire’s aftermath – old diggings, bones and maybe pots of gold.
This could well be the catalyst for Melinda to write a sequel. I guess we will have to wait and see.
Comments about the author:
– Melinda is a master of creative writing. This is the strongest aspect of the novel and the one that drew my attention most
– Her boundless creativity brings to life the Australian outback and the lives of those living in Norseman
– There is masterly use of turn of phrase
– The style, swift and cutting, whisks through the story with ease
– Reading between the lines there is a deep sense of self, a need to escape, to experience freedom