HarperCollins Publishers Australia is thrilled to announce the acquisition of White Horses by bestselling and much-loved author Rachael Treasure, in an exciting two-book deal with Margaret Connolly. White Horses is scheduled for publication in Australia in September 2019.
White Horses is a big, sweeping and powerful Australian novel, telling the story of a young woman, Drift, who has been raised by her itinerant stockman father in Western Australia. While droving cattle on an isolated point, the madness of the modern world abruptly intrudes into Drift’s quiet life when a famous pro-surfer goes missing. Caught in the midst of a media storm, Drift is drawn into a tangle of secrets. She must find the courage as a woman to make her own way in the world, learning as she goes the truth of who she really is and what she wants from life.
HarperCollins Head of Fiction Catherine Milne said, ‘Rachael Treasure is indeed a treasure: warm, real, funny and engaging. And White Horses is everything a Rachael Treasure novel should be – and more. It’s a gorgeous, instantly appealing, all-consuming story, as big and as generous as those wide-open skies in Western Australia. Rachael was the first, and she’s the best – I simply can’t wait for us to bring this novel with all its big-sky soulfulness, humour and authenticity to readers everywhere.’
Rachael Treasure said, ‘Catherine Milne and the team at HarperCollins have a tangible reverence for Australian books and good writing. I love the way they are fostering the careers of young and first-time novelists. Artistically in the past, they have also trusted me with wonderful creative freedoms and I’m honoured to be partnering with them to bring the world my latest, big-hearted novel, White Horses.’
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rachael Treasure is a mother and writer. She lives in Southern Tasmania with her two teenage children and partner, Daniel. Together they are restoring farming landscapes using regenerative agricultural methods. Her first novel, Jillaroo, blazed a trail in the Australian publishing industry for other rural women writers and is now considered an iconic work of contemporary Australian fiction.
She is a rural business graduate of Sydney University’s Orange Agricultural College and has a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and journalism from Charles Sturt University in Bathurst. She has worked as a journalist for Rural Press and ABC Rural Radio. Her dream is to never grow up and one day live in a shearing shed. White Horses is her seventh novel.