By Nicholas Angel

Winner of the Australian/Vogel's Literary Award 2003.

With goals of relocating to a home through the ocean haunting their on a daily basis, Millvan and his spouse, Michelle, vendors of a riverside estate in a small outback farming neighborhood, fight with drought, neighbors, adversaries and the wrenchingly time-honored rural cycle of wish and despair.

Drown them within the Sea tells a compellingly sincere tale of the demanding situations and hardships of farming lifestyles in Australia. In bright, very important language, Nicholas Angel captures either devastated panorama and human hope during this powerfully actual evocation of existence at the land.

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Then he was queuing to ask for Rawlings. He was still being gripped by the time he got to the front desk. He was greeted by a young man. ’ Millvan had just wanted to tell him he was there to see Rawlings but the young man was more interested in reciting the benefits of one of the bank’s latest products. Millvan’d never seen this young fella before and didn’t listen to him, just looked at his watch and saw he was late. It made him even more anxious. It made him feel vague to look about this place.

Soon the dust settled and it was clear enough to see miles ahead down the straight road. He knew he ought to concentrate on how he was going to make everything all right but when he came to the first bend he was thinking about the little shed full of fishing rods next to his white house. He’d always liked fishing for its calm. It was a time to attach your troubles to a line and drown them in the sea. He remembered fishing the hole near the southern end of the rabbit fence. The river was sluggish under the shady gums and bugs made ripples downstream from his bob.

The type of keen that makes a man leave gates open in the heat of the hunt. Millvan didn’t want him letting stock out all over Arbour. ’ he asked. ‘Well there’s not so many around . . ’ ‘Sounds great. ’ 42 FINAL PAGES 2/8/04 2:55 PM Page 43 Millvan just nodded and Rawlings must have realised he wasn’t serious. It made him get professional. He cleared his throat. ‘We’ve conducted a review of the farm. ’ Millvan was looking at him dubiously with one eye a little bit shut. The banker saw. He tried to use fitting vocabulary.

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