WASP SEASON – Release date 20th July 2020
The Wild Australia Stories – Book 6
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You’ll never see a wasp in the same way again.
When Beth’s marriage ends, she’s determined to build a new life in the country for herself and her children. A quiet life lived closer to nature. She thinks she’s achieved the impossible – a civilised separation, a happy home and a cordial relationship with her estranged husband, Mark. There’s even the promise of new love on the horizon. But when Mark tries to change the rules, Beth’s peaceful world is turned upside down.
Disturbingly, she also discovers that European wasps have invaded her garden. Beth’s obsession with them and their queen holds up a distorted mirror to the human drama. As the chaos in Beth’s life gathers momentum, connections between the two worlds come sharply into focus. The lives of Beth and the others are neither separate to, nor safe from, the natural world.
In this series of Wild Australia Stories I tell tales of the people, wildlife and land that I love. But there is more to wild Australia than brumbies, dingoes, dolphins and the magnificent outback.
As a passionate conservationist and amateur naturalist, I’m interested in all aspects of nature. One thing I’ve learned is that it’s not always about the big things. Little creatures have a surprising impact on our lives. If you’re squeamish about insects, look away now. If you’re fascinated by the Australian bush and the way all creatures great and small are connected, then Beth’s story is for you.
What a delicate and refreshing piece of writing, combining the wonders of nature with the frailty of human relationships. Beth is a woman trying to rebuild her life after her husband Mark has left the marriage and fathered another child. She maintains a cordial relationship with Mark for the sake of their children. But these delicate threads begin to break down when Mark tries to regain his family and leave his money-hungry girlfriend. As their relationships are disintegrating, Beth cultivates an obsession with a family of wasps living in a fallen tree on her country property.
There is an ironic twist to this gentle tale, a violent and sudden twist that will leave the reader gasping. The author has done much research in this novel and it is a fascinating study of nature and humans.
– Wendy O’Hanlon
Acres Australia (a national sustainable agriculture newspaper)
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