The Drover's Wife

Written by:
Leah Purcell
Narrated by:
Leah Purcell

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2021
9 hours 17 minutes
Deep in the heart of Australia's high country, along an ancient, hidden track, live Molly Johnson and her children. Husband Joe is away droving, leaving his family in the bush to fend for itself. Molly's children are her world, and life is hard with only their dog, Alligator, and a shotgun for protection - but it can be harder when Joe's around.

Molly's eldest son Danny is the true man of the house, determined to see his mother and siblings safe - from raging floodwaters, hunger and intruders. Danny is mature, but there are some things no child should see. He knows more than most just what it takes to be a drover's wife.

One night, Molly has a visitor - a black 'story keeper', Yadaka. He's on the run from authorities, and exchanges kindness for shelter. Both know that justice in this nation caught between two worlds can be as brutal as its landscape. But in their short time together Yadaka shows Molly a secret truth, and the strength to imagine a different path.

In this brave reimagining of the Henry Lawson short story that has become an Australian classic, Purcell brings us a compelling thriller of our pioneering past that confronts head-on issues of today: race, gender, violence and inheritance.
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Fantastic story. Struggles of their lives were sad yet they made them a loving life.

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Lydia N.

I enjoyed the book. The narrator told the story with skill and passion.

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Jayne D.

Both beautiful and tragic in equal portions. Leah’s narration truly brought this story to life. The wide range of mixed emotions i felt Is testimony to complexity of Mollys existence. I look forward to reading more from Leah Purcell

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Christina J.

Amazing book! I love how the book dives into the backgrounds of the characters and the movie picks up on a backstory! Absolutely love this!! Definitely want to see this play!!

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Katherine D.

I loved it. Never a dull moment. Always enjoy a strong woman’s story of overcoming struggles.

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