The Resource Coal Creek

Coal Creek

Label
Coal Creek
Title
Coal Creek
Statement of responsibility
Alex Miller
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
'Me and Ben had been mates since we was boys and if it come to it I knew I would have to be on his side.' Bobby Blue is caught between loyalty to his only friend, Ben Tobin, and his boss, Daniel Collins, the new Constable at Mount Hay. 'Ben was not a big man but he was strong and quick as a snake. He had his own breed of pony that was just like him, stocky and reliable on their feet.' Bobby understands the people and the ways of Mount Hay; Collins studies the country as an archaeologist might, bringing his coastal values to the hinterland. Bobby says, 'I do not think Daniel would have understood Ben in a million years.' Increasingly bewildered and goaded to action by his wife, Constable Collins takes up his shotgun and his Webley pistol to deal with Ben. Bobby's love for Collins' wilful young daughter Irie is exposed, leading to tragic consequences for them all. Miller's exquisite depictions of the country of the Queensland highlands form the background of this simply told but deeply significant novel of friendship, love, loyalty and the tragic consequences of misunderstanding and mistrust. Coal Creek is a wonderfully satisfying novel with a gratifying resolution. It carries all the wisdom and emotional depth we have come to expect from Miller's richly evocative novels
Summary
Bobby Blue is caught between loyalty to his only friend, Ben Tobin, and his boss, Daniel Collins, the new constable at Mount Hay. Increasingly bewildered and goaded to action by his wife, Constable Collins takes up his shotgun and his Webley pistol to deal with Ben. And when Bobby's love for Collins's willful young daughter Irie is exposed, it leads to tragic consequences for them all.
Tone
Writing style
Award
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, 2014.
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10231347
Cataloging source
ANL
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1936-
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Miller, Alex
Dewey number
823.3
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Australian Fiction
  • Romance
  • Family Sagas
Target audience
adult
Label
Coal Creek
Instantiates
Control code
BORROWBOX:AAU_026109
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781743435571
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Coal Creek
Control code
BORROWBOX:AAU_026109
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781743435571
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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