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Book review: Grey Jack Road by J T McGowan

This well-written story could be described as an anti-romance, describing how two people become friends and, eventually, more than friends, after their partners cheat on them.  The greatest strength of the book is the sense of place it conveys. The setting is near Bredbo and Cooma, on the Monaro Tablelands. The descriptions of the old farm house, the wildlife, and the miseries of winter are absolutely accurate and very nicely done. The beautiful cover image is a preview of this lovely writing. This book deals with the grief of betrayal, and the protagonists, Sam and Tim, do a lot of drinking and swearing and make some poor decisions in the process. Recommended for Australians who want to read about their own country's landscapes, or overseas readers wanting a taste of Australian life in the bush. The romance side was OK, maybe a little slow or underdone compared with mainstream romances, but still enjoyable.