Red Dust

“Fleur McDonald imbues Red Dust with the authentic flavour of one who knows both the soul-destroying struggles and the exquisite joys of making a living from the land…”

Published: 1st March 2010


“From the wool-greased floors of the shearing shed to the surging creeks ‘coming down’ after a sudden storm, Fleur McDonald writes about a life and a country she knows from the inside out.”

Tessa Wooldridge

Book Synopsis

After the death of her husband, Adam, in a horrific plane crash, Gemma Sinclair defies community expectations – and Adam’s dying words – by taking on the daunting task of managing the 100,000-hectare station he bequeathed her.

As if Gemma’s grief and looking after Billbinya Station aren’t enough, a wave of innuendo sweeps the community that Adam’s death was no accident.

Struggling to uncover the truth of these rumours while battling to keep Billbinya afloat, Gemma wonders if she’ll ever find peace – or love – again.

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“Red Dust is a beautifully written novel which pulls together Australia’s harsh bush lifestyle, the wonderful people who make this country and their never ending determination to succeed.

Fleur McDonald has set herself a high standard for a new Australian author, Red Dust is a novel which will entice readers to want more from a talented engaging writer.”

David Cairns

“Fleur McDonald has written a fresh warmhearted story that captures the actual spirit of the land. A very enjoyable read. I could not put the book down and look forward to her second novel on the bookshelves.”

Anne Webb

“… Red Dust is an inspirational story about a strong woman dealing with adversity. She is one of the most asset-rich young women in the district, but is buffeted by a myriad of dilemmas that would bring most people unstuck. The qualities that see Gemma through her annus horribilis are the best of bush life: the loyalty of friends and family, along with her innate honesty and pragmatism. It’s satisfying to read a straight-talking yarn in an authentic setting that doesn’t shy away from the big issues of contemporary life on the land.”

RM Williams Outback Magazine