Nicole Alexander

Nicole Alexander

Moree, New South Wales

Nicole Alexander was born and raised on the black soil plains of New South Wales, Australia on a sprawling property/farm located north-west of Moree near the Queensland border. She grew up with the sky for a ceiling and along with her two brothers and sister, they swam in the creek, fished for yabbies, rode motorbikes and built go-carts, crashing them magnificently racing each other down the side of the dam.

Nicole's great-grandfather selected the holding in 1893. A simple timber hut was quickly pegged out and built and the men spent their days cutting timber, erecting fences and shepherding the sheep that they overlanded from a previous property to the south-east. Nicole says, "I imagine the days and nights back then were equally long, the monotony only broken by the monthly arrival of the postal and supply rider who brought stores and mail to those remoter settlers. One of the items delivered to my great-grandfather in that first year was a copy of Alexander Duma's The Count of Monte Christo. The novel arrived in a saddle-bag on the back of a packhorse wrapped in brown paper and twine and I can only imagine my great-grandfather's excitement when he unwrapped the parcel. I see him reading by a flickering candle, sitting beneath a fat, lazy moon and the bush stretching out around him in an unending silence. I heard these stories and many more as a child and from an early age I have loved Australian pastoral history."

Nicole Alexander has a Masters in creative writing & literature (CQU) and is the author of 8 best-selling Australian historical novels. Her poetry, travel and genealogy articles have been published in Australia, America, Germany and Singapore. Her first novel, The Bark Cutters was short-listed for an Australian Book Industry Award in 2011. Subsequent novels, Absolution Creek and Sunset Ridge were selected for Australia's Fifty Books You Can't Put Down Get Reading campaign. Her American/Australian historical epic, The Great Plains has twice been listed on Better Readings Top 100 Books. She is currently working on her next novel. When not writing, touring or public speaking you can find her on the family property.

Historical Fiction

A Changing Land

A bestselling rural novel from the 'heart of Australian storytelling' Nicole Alexander. A Changing Land tells of one woman's fight to keep the farm that has been in her family for generations. It's the early 1900s and Hamish Gordon has a massive rural holding, Wangallon, built on stock theft. Embarking on a ruthless plan to buy out his neighbours, Hamish's actions test the loyalties of his family and will have serious repercussions for generations to come. In the late 1980s, Sarah Gordon now runs Wangallon with her fianc´┐Ż, Anthony. Their relationship begins to deteriorate when a power struggle develops between them and escalates with the arrival of Sarah's Scottish half-brother, Jim Macken, who is intent on receiving his inheritance ... Unable to buy Jim out and with the possibility of losing part of Wangallon, Sarah finds herself fighting the law, her half-brother and Anthony. Will she jeopardise her own happiness to keep the Gordon legacy alive? 'Alexander writes [with] a deep love of the land' Courier-Mail

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