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Rednecks of the outbackDirt Musicby Tim Winton480pp Picador For years now Australia has been the last frontier Those who flock to its scattered wild places come from all over the planet not least from within Australia itself The crowds at Darwin or Broome or scouting through the Red Heart are as likely to start out from Macquaries Street Consulting Rooms or Collins Street Legal Chambers as from Detmold or San Diego Only a few will be ecological pilgrims most are attracted by the combination of rugged landscape and hi-tech convenience Nature may still be bleaker there than anywhere on earth but its visitors can expect the latest in aircraft refrigeration personal hygiene and haute cuisine plus the best sporting facilities that well-equipped marinas and golf courses can offer The retired couples driving mobile homes across the continent know they are safe - provided they dont run out of petrol Travellers en route to the well-publicised destinations of modern eco-travel who stop at some ill-favoured point along the way will find that the people who live and work outside the cities also enjoy Australias renowned comforts But they will discover something else as well Here live the other Australians those for whom the nation has had to borrow American terminology trailer trash and rednecks Some but not all are poor most make their living the hard way But their women dress in the brightest of Lycra and their kids have the newest computer games No matter how remote no settlement is beyond the reach of Blockbuster White Point is Tim Wintons invented fishing port about five hours drive north of Perth Western Australia Continuing along the Indian ocean coast WA covers more than 1000 miles of desert vacant beach and rumbling mesa as far as the Kimberleys a terrain of crocodile-infested rivers and archipelagos The action of Dirt Music is stretched along this line Its protagonists are White Pointers First we have the Buckridge family
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