The Drover's Wife
Leah Purcell


Paperback | Jul 2017 | Currency Press | 9781760620974 | 130pp | 210x137mm | Stocked item (plenty) | RFB | AUD$22.99, NZD$27.99
Digital (EPUB) | Oct 2016 | Currency Press | Stocked item | RFB
Paperback | Sep 2016 | Currency Press | 9781925005714 | 80pp | 210x137mm | Replaced by new edition | RFB


Tarantino meets Deadwood in this full-throttle drama of our colonial past. Henry Lawson’s story of the Drover’s Wife pits the stoic silhouette of a woman against the unforgiving Australian landscape, staring down a serpent—it’s our frontier myth captured in a few pages. In Leah’s new play the old story gets a very fresh rewrite. Once again the Drover’s Wife is confronted by a threat in her yard, but now it’s a man. He’s bleeding, he’s got secrets, and he’s black. She knows there’s a fugitive wanted for killing whites, and the district is thick with troopers, but something’s holding the Drover’s Wife back from turning this fella in…

A taut thriller of our pioneering past, The Drover’s Wife is full of fury, power and has a black sting to the tail, reaching from our nation’s infancy into our complicated present.