The Matilda Saga, Book #6

If Blood Should Stain the Wattle

by Jackie French

On Sale: 21/08/2017


About the Book

It's 1972, and across Australia the catchcry is ‘It's time'.

Time for old folk, time for young folk, time for a new, idealistic Labor government. In Gibber's Creek, it's time for Jed Kelly to choose between past love, Nicholas, the local Labor member, and Sam from the Halfway to Eternity commune. And for Scarlett O'Hara, it's time to dream that one day she becomes a doctor - despite being in a wheelchair. It's also time for matriarch Matilda Thompson to reflect on the life that took her from the slums of Grinder's Alley to the events that began a nation at a billabong in 1894. The 1970s was a time of extraordinary ideals of a better world, but as the ideals drifted from disaster to the Dismissal there were deep conflicts about what that better world might be. Jackie French, author of the bestselling To Love a Sunburnt Country, has woven her own experience of that period into an unforgettable story of a small rural community and a nation swept into the social and political tumult of the early 1970s.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781460751282
  • ISBN 10: 1460751280
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - AU
  • On Sale: 21/08/2017
  • Pages: 544
  • List Price: 19.99 AUD
  • Age: From 12 years
  • BISAC1: Children's, Teenage & educational / Historical fiction (Children's - Teenage)


Jackie French AM is an award-winning writer, wombat negotiator and was the Australian Children's Laureate for 2014-2015 and the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. In 2016 Jackie became a  Member of the Order of Australia for her  contribution to children's literature and her advocacy for youth literacy. She is regarded as one of Australia's most popular children's authors, and writes across all genres - from picture books, history, fantasy, ecology and sci-fi to her much loved historical fiction. 'Share a Story' was the primary philosophy behind Jackie's two-year term as Laureate.

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Dippy's Very Big Day Out

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