Journey Back in This Exciting Tale of Australia’s True Founding
Says Australian author Clive Thomas, “In 2006 after I retired from being what you call a rancher and we call a ‘grazier,’ breeding sheep for wool and meat, my wife Katherine and I moved from Forbes, an inland town in New South Wales, like Kangamite (the town in the book), to the seaside. When I’d completed my memoir, I found I’d conjured up many characters from my past who belonged to an extinct species. They weren’t going to rest until I’d told their tales.”
His saga of a world long gone comes alive in his powerful adventure novel Thursday’s Child: Journeys Far and Wide in the Australian Outback. Meet foundling Peter Tobin, who lived in a vanished age, a time when the wide Australian outback was opening up to the force of railroads, steam power, visionary builders, and determined men who wanted to claim this vital continent.
In the remote outback of the late 19th century, Tobin makes his own way in the world, working his way up from drover to sheep shearer and horse breaker, to horse trainer during the South African War, and finally to a wealthy land owner. Thursday’s Child is the story of how the Australian Outback was won.
Sevengate: The Harvest
“Thursday’s Child,” aka Peter Tobin – foundling, drover, shearer, horse-breaker, soldier, and pastoralist – travelled far and wide throughout the Australian outback in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.The legacy of his widely scattered seed is gathered up in this tale of fatal misunderstandings, murder, and altruism, spanning the years 1910 to 1974. Like the Peter Tobin memoir
“Thursday’s Child” that precedes it, the author gives a respectful nod to history pedants and reminds them this is a work of fiction. Thursday’s Child is the first novel by Clive Thomas. A retired grazier (rancher), he lives in a seacoast village just north of Sydney, Australia. He spent his childhood years amongst the last
of the Australian Bushmen. Apart from following the boyhood and pre-World War II career of the fictional Harry Perrottet (1910 to 1946), his second novel Sevengate spans the years 1947 to 1974. The setting shifts from Sydney, Australia, to the temperate inland town of Kangamite to a sheep station (ranch) called Sevengate, which is also featured in Thursday’s Child. Says the author, “I found I’d conjured up many characters from my past who belonged to an extinct species. They weren’t going to rest until I’d told their tales.”
About the Author
Clive Thomas, who worked the land for half a century, spent his childhood years amongst the last of these rich characters, the Australian Bushmen. He has woven their campfire yarns into the tumultuous life story of Peter Tobin, covering the last decades of the 19th century to the end of World War II. He’s already written the book’s sequel covering the years 1948 to the 1970s.