Novels by Clive Thomas

978-1-62212-775-7-CThomasCoverThursday’s Child

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.

 

弃儿彼得·托宾生活在远去的时代,在那个时代,广袤的澳洲内陆迎来了铁路、蒸汽机、有远见的

市政建设者以及强权的征服者和他们的马匹。

在19世界末的遥远的澳洲内陆,彼得慢慢发迹,从贩卖牲口、剪羊毛、驯马、为南非战争训练马匹,逐渐成为这片大陆上的富人。

这样一段冒险经历已经离我们远去,小说《星期四的孩子:游历澳洲内陆》生动详实地为我们讲述了这段故事。

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9781631351099-Perfect.inddSevengate: 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.”