LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016When Mary Davidson, the eldest daughter of a whaling family in Eden, New South Wales, sets out to chronicle the particularly difficult season of 1908, the story she tells is poignant and hilarious, filled with drama and misadventure.It's a season marked not only by the sparsity of whales and the vagaries of weather, but also by the arrival of John Beck, an itinerant whaleman with a murky past, on whom Mary promptly develops an all-consuming crush.
But hers is not the only romance to blossom amidst the blubber . . . Swinging from Mary's hopes and disappointments, both domestic and romantic, to the challenges that beset their tiny whaling operation, Rush Oh! is a celebration of an extraordinary episode in Australian history when a family of whalers formed a fond, unique alliance with a pod of frisky killer whales - and in particular, a killer whale named Tom.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 04/02/2016
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780349006628