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Cry of the Curlew is the first best-selling title depicting our turbulent history as never before by Peter Watt.

A stark and vivid novel of Australia's brutal past.

An epic tale of two families, the Macintoshes and the Duffys, who are locked in a deadly battle from the moment squatter Donald Macintosh commits an act of barbarity on his Queensland property. Their paths cross in love, death and revenge as both families fight to tame the wild frontier of Australia's north country.

Warning: Strong Violence, Themes and Coarse Language

©1999 Peter Watt (P)2021 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"The home grown version of Wilbur Smith." (The Sunday Age

"A rousing and revealing yarn." (The Weekend Australian)

"The historical detail brings the 19th century to rip-roaring life." (The Australia

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Not a Novel about UK, it's about Early Australia.


It's violent, it's how life was it's not for how we should behave, present day , bad things were done in the past it's an epic series of frontier life violent, if you are into flowers and chocolates and love stories this is not for you. An epic series of frontier life as it was, Peter Watt brings it to life.

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If you like violence against women and a thin story this is for you…🤮

I tried to like this book and find some redeeming qualities about sadistic sad sack of pathetic garbage I really did. However like a bad film you don’t want to give up on I kept going but by chapter 30 I’d had enough. If this is what passes for literature in the UK I weep for our nation. It’s violence against women is graphic and shocking titterlating men into thinking this is ok. When clearly it NOT! Since Sarah Everard was killed by a serving policeman a yrs sgo another 125 women have been murdered in the UK. This sort of drip drip violence against women does not help. It’s drivel don’t waste your hard earned money on this sort of thing… you have been warned!