The Alone Man draws on the concept of ‘dreamtime’, the Australian aboriginal mythology of creation and relationships to and custodianship of the land. It is a ‘double love story’ about a man’s love for his wife and family and his love of the land and nature.
Set in outback Australia around 100 years ago, the story is of a simple man in a simpler time creating a micro-world as many pioneers did. He carves a farm out of the bush, courts and weds a girl from even farther out back, and raises a family.
Although he doesn’t realise it, his life is a kind of poetry, with the beauty of love, of nature, and of sorrow as the themes. The book affirms all of these, and the continuity of life.
A ‘prose poem’ which is poetic about something as ordinary (or common) as building a life – marriage, birth, death, livelihood. The style is gentle and poetic, and the story is, at the same time, humorous and sad, touching and poignant, affirming and happy, dreamy and warm.
The Alone Man is a simple story full of understated insights that will have deep emotional resonance with readers – male and female, old and young – all over the world.