Eighteen new stories in this prize-winning Australian writer's crisp and engaging style, set this time in his country's giant northern State. There is the battle, step by step, between wily cattle buyer and equally wily grazier, with victory for either party in doubt until the very end - the wonderful change a group of elderly sisters effect on the lives of a young city couple visiting for a weekend - the surprising and unanswerable response by the Italian girl whose parents are trying to make her marry a man she has never met - and the very physical but effective resolving of a dangerous situation at a country hotel by a muscular cross-dresser. Iddon even tells the life story of a silky oak kitchen dresser - in the first person - and pulls off the impersonation with virtuosity. The writer's gifts - of a sure grasp of plot, and an ability to create unusual but believable characters - are once again on full display. As one critic has written, "He gets it so right."