Peter Rake has a unique and yet distinctly Australian voice. His writing is sometimes poignant, often witty and always engaging. What makes his stories so memorable are the details built into the plot, of life in outback Queensland in the 1950s and 1960s. The details come from genuine personal experience and Peter Rake has taken those vivid memories and mixed them with a colourful imagination, to fictionalise those times with candour, respect and humour.
In his debut novel, The Outback Story – The Loves and Adventures of ‘Tiger’ Williams, Peter Rake treats the reader to an adventure-romance with grit and wit.
This heart felt rural tale, set in the Downs country of Central Queensland, follows the journey of a young man who finds himself coming to the attention of the big boss station owners. They can see a quality to the young Steve Williams that they admire. As an infatuation with a station owner’s daughter blossoms, however, will Steve impress upon the big man enough for their relationship to have any chance?
With a crazed no-hoper stockman causing strife, wild boar pigs, dangerous roads and local police out for blood, Steve has many obstacles to overcome – but with the companionship of his special dog, Freda, he has the chance to become the man he didn’t know he could become, and attract the love of a good woman.
Set among the sprawling, dry land of outback Queensland, this riveting tale is a fascinating snapshot of life on a sheep station in the 1950s and a romantic adventure that celebrates the opportunity of the Australian bush spirit.