My second novel is Eumeralla
which is a wheat and sheep property in the Queensland
outback owned by the Mitchell family. They live in a house that
is unchanged from the time it was built seventy years before.
Although it is 1972 they have no gas or electricity, they cook
on a wood burning stove and use oil lamps. They eat their meals
on the veranda most of the year. Their primitive toilet is fifty
yards away from the house.
The family on Eumeralla have to deal with the threat from dangerous
snakes and spiders, droughts, bushfires or floods. Wheat and
wool prices control their livelihood. But for Greg and Eleanor
Mitchell these are minor worries compared to the family secret
they are desperate to keep from their children, but death intervenes.
Fifty miles away Keith and Gabriella Clarkson clear out their
mother’s house when she dies. They find letters and photographs
that arouse their curiosity. They visit Eumeralla and discover
the secret. The consequences bring disaster to every member
of the family.
Eumeralla is divided into three parts. The Secret,
The Prophecy, The Truth. It is about grief, family feuds and
the lies people tell to protect themselves from the pain they
imagine will result from the truth.