The Ballad of Desmond Kale
InformationWinner Miles Franklin Literary Award 2006
'The Ballad of Desmond Kale' is a stirring novel of the first days of British settlement in Australia. at the centre if Stanton's pursuit of Kale - an Irish political prisoner and a rebelliously brilliant breeder of sheep.In the early 1800s, out of the prison society of governors, redcoats, English goalers, Irish convicts and the few free settlers of Botany Bay, none ventured much farther inland than a few dozen miles from Sydney. Or, so it was believed, until the escape of Desmond Kale and the vengence of his rival the wildly eccentric 'flogging parson' magistrate Matthew Stanton.
This epic story of greed conceit and redemption is also an exultant love story and a lively recreation of our past. Once the ballad is sung, the world can never be the same again.