Book Review (kind of, more like a chapter): White Horses by Rachael Treasure

White Horses (Chapter One)…

About the Book:

From one of Australia’s bestselling and much-loved authors comes a sweeping, powerful story of a young woman who has to overcome terrible loss and trauma to find the courage to live life on her terms.

Following the disappearance of her mother when she was just a young child, Drift has been raised by her father, growing up to work alongside him as an itinerant cattle drover along the beautiful coastline of remote Western Australia. It’s a tough life, but nurtured and taught by two wise women – Wilma, a gentle travelling librarian and straight-talking Charlie, the legendary mobile saddler – Drift grows up to become a confident, idealistic young woman.

But the world Drift lives in can be ugly and brutal. After a horrific sexual assault, Drift meets a handsome young stockman, but he is not all that he seems and she is drawn into a baffling world of lies and mysteries, centring on a lushly beautiful property called The Planet, run by a wealthy American woman. When Drift’s father is hospitalised following a tragic accident and the young man she loves disappears, Drift has to find the courage to make her own way in the world. Drawing upon the deep well of women’s wisdom taught her by Charlie and Wilma, Drift has to overcome heartbreak, betrayal, loneliness and pain in order to forge her path, own her truth, and create the kind of world that she wants to live in.

Drift is a heroine to cheer for, and White Horses is a novel full of authentic Australian heart and soul, warmth and humour, as big and as generous as those wide-open skies in Western Australia. Offering a vision of a vibrant and thriving rural Australia based on Treasure’s own experience and knowledge of regenerative agriculture, White Horses is both inspiring and captivating; another classic from the much-loved author of the iconic and bestselling novels Jillaroo and The Farmer’s Wife.


My Thoughts:

Okay, so I’ve read the first chapter of this one and here are the reasons why I’m not reading the rest of the book:

“Shaynene threw her phone down theatrically, her melon breasts wobbling in her low-cut red tank top, causing the tiger tattooed on her left boob to jiggle too. She interrupted her monologue and swung around to the pigeonhole mailboxes and gathered up a large bundle for Drift. ‘Your dad has two copies of his brainbox magazine in there — it means you must’ve been gone a while. What? Over four months? I’ve had two roots since. And not from the same bloke neither.’”

“Drift glanced at Shaynene’s short-as-short shorts, which bit into thighs as juicy as delicious Christmas hams.”

“And after work, I’d better go shave me legs and tizz up my southerly bits.”

I should point out, the first chapter is rather short, so this rot is condensed, making it even harder to stomach. The sexualised food analogy is weird enough, but coming from a female perspective, it’s downright strange. The cliché Aussie rural speech gives an impression that residents of rural Australia are not only uneducated, but possibly also have speech impediments, and no class whatsoever. Frankly, as a resident of rural Australia myself, this sort of rot is offensive and intolerable. And the author had the gall to preface this chapter with #metoo. Maybe this is an excellent book. But with a start like this, I have sub-zero interest in finding out.


Thanks is extended to HarperCollins Publishers Australia via NetGalley for providing me with a copy of White Horses and subsequently saving me from wasting my money on a copy, as I found the cover quite appealing and may have picked it up one time on a whim. #nearmiss

Released on 19th August 2019

19 thoughts on “Book Review (kind of, more like a chapter): White Horses by Rachael Treasure

  1. That’s such a shame, yes they sound very uneducated, I don’t know any country people who speak like that. I have this to read and was thinking of going to one of her book events, but maybe not. Her old books were good, so it’s a shame she sounds like she’s changed style completely.

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  2. Hi Theresa, I would have pulled up too after reading those paragraphs. I haven’t read Rachel Treasure before either, but if this had been the first book I picked up I would have been most unlikely to try any others. There are plenty of other books more deserving of our time. I can understand that it feels uncomfortable to be “mean”, but honest call outs help the rest of us from wasting our time (and money!)

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