2 journalers for this copy...
I finished reading Knockabout Girl by Pip Newling in two days - something I have not done in a long time. Pip's memories are extremely readable, and with short chapters it was very easy to put down and pick up again (although I didn't have to do this very often!).
Knockabout Girl opened my eyes to a part of Australia that we very rarely hear about -- that of the outback community. I don't think the average city dweller realises the difference not only in lifestyle, but attitudes in the outback. Who knew that aboriginals were not served in the same section of the bar as whites? Or that whites were not 'allowed' to venture out at night for fear of being attacked by the aboriginals?
Pip's easy writing style makes you want to experience it all, the good and the bad. And she certainly does -- from being locked up in a police holding cell, to seeing her foals mauled by wild dogs, and back to the beautiful desert sunsets and quietness.
The only criticism I hold for this book is that some of the chapters are so short, and the subject changes so often, that at times the book seems like a collection of short memories rather than an chronological autobiography. However, that definately doesn't detract from the enjoyment of Knockabout Girl.
Edit: I've just discovered that my review got published!!! Read it here - I'm famous :-)
Released 12 yrs ago (4/1/2007 UTC) at
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Left in the hotel lobby.