Peter Rake spent the 1950s and 1960s in outback Queensland, moving from town to town, from one sheep station to the next, enjoying the expanse of land and the satisfaction of a long day’s work. Along the way he met a great many “characters” and amassed a wealth of experience as a roust-about, drover, stockman and contract musterer, as well as helping out with a windmill expert, driving tractors, delving bore drains and a couple of rides in rodeos for a bit of boyish fun.
It was in the 1980s, after Pete had settled down somewhat in Sydney, that these experiences began to inspire some witty tales. After over thirty years of spinning yarns, Peter Rake’s short stories, and a novel called Freda, are being published on Amazon Kindle, starting in July 2012.
It is rare that an Australian, who had such wonderful experiences in their youth, comes to fictionalise those times with such candour and humour. Peter Rake is a modern author writing about a time that is sadly often seen as an historical backwater, and yet the cultural spirit that is alive in his writing, still resonates in the Australian way of life today. That fortitude is celebrated in his writing and made accessible by the endearing characters and situations he has concocted from a life well lived.
Whilst his short stories would fair well in a retelling around a campfire, his literary command is such that the dialogue is distinctly outback-Australian, as are the inner thoughts and motivations of his characters, and of course that famous Aussie wit.
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Fair Dinkum Yarns from the Australian View
Get ready to laugh, to be moved and to soak in the spirit of the Outback.
It is rare that an Australian, who had such wonderful experiences in their youth as a stockman, comes to fictionalise those times with such candour and humour. This anthology will take you back to Outback Queensland in the 1950s and 60s, where
vast skies and plains were the backdrop to mateship, boozing, thieves, sheep dogs
A colorful and touching tale that anyone who has ever loved a grandparent, or felt connected to family history, will lap up and let it sit with them forever. This is the sort of yarn that can be enjoyed alone and also a great one to share with the family.
When Pete buys himself a kelpie pup on a whim one night he finds himself under pressure to prove the dog's worth on the sheep station, before the Overseer insists that the dog is not worth its keep. With the pup's strange habits he has is work cut out for him, until a pommy chap visits the station and the pup's destiny is changed once more.
On Swallow's Wings
When one half of an older couple passes away, it can seem as though the half that's left just exists until their time also comes. Sometimes though, the smallest things can make all the difference.
Notty: Targaroo's Disgrace Bar-fly, bludger and sneak-thief turned unlikely hero
Another day in the life of George 'Notty' Wormwood begins the same as any day before, but in over-hearing a conversation between two visitors to town, Notty sets out on an investigation that reveals much about himself, and the townspeople of Targaroo.
This short story by emerging Australian writer, Peter Rake, is a classic Australian tale told with an endearing mix of melancholy and wit.
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