Author(s): Craig Sherborne
"They tried Mansfield but it was freezing and snowed and people like them don't fit in because they don't look prosperous. One time near Yellingbo they found a church no one prayed in and they lived there and for three weeks had stained glass for windows...They got chased out and went to Shepparton but Shane had a run-in and police said move." Shane, Moira and Midge, along with young Zara and Rory, are 'trants' - itinerants roaming the plains north-west of Melbourne in search of disused houses to sleep in, or to strip of heritage fittings when funds are low. When they find their Tree Palace outside Barleyville, things are looking up. At last, a place in which to settle down. But Zara, fifteen, is pregnant and doesn't want a child. She'd rather a normal life with town boys, not trant life with a baby. Moira decides to step in: she'll look after her grandchild. Then Shane finds himself in trouble with the local cops...Warmly told and witty, Craig Sherborne's second novel is a revelation - an affecting story of family and rural life.
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'Much of the novel's action and characterisation unfolds through its authentic dialogue, and Sherborne's skills as a poet and playwright shine through. Readers will also enjoy his vivid depictions of nature-another strong feature of the novel is its rural setting. Told with warmth and humour, this contemporary, distinctly Australian story explores teen pregnancy; motherhood and parenthood; love and family; the roles and feelings of men and boys; and the power plays inherent in all human relationships. Tree Palace serves up a full slice of life-the bitter with the sweet.' 4 stars Bookseller & Publisher
Craig Sherborne's memoir Hoi Polloi (2005) was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's and Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. The follow-up, Muck (2007), won the Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Non-fiction. Craig's first novel, The Amateur Science of Love, won the Melbourne Prize for Literature's Best Writing Award, and was shortlisted for a Victorian Premier's Literary Award and a NSW Premier's Literary Award. Craig has also written two volumes of poetry, Bullion (1995) and Necessary Evil (2005), and a verse drama, Look at Everything Twice for Me (1999). His writing has appeared in most of Australia's literary journals and anthologies. He lives in Melbourne.