Absolution Creek

‘Elegantly written and emotionally haunting’ – – Time Australia

“’Reminiscent of some of the Bryce Courtenay epics’ ”
– – R M Williams Outback Magazine


In 1923 nineteen-year-old Jack Manning watches the construction of the mighty Harbour Bridge and dreams of being more than just a grocer’s son. So when he’s offered the chance to manage Absolution Creek, a sheep property 800 miles from Sydney, he seizes the opportunity. But outback life is tough, particularly if you’re young, inexperienced and have only a few textbooks to guide you. Then a thirteen-year-old girl, Squib Hamilton, quite literally washes up on his doorstep – setting in motion a devastating chain of events…

Forty years later and Cora Hamilton is waging a constant battle to keep Absolution Creek in business. She’s ostracized by the local community and hindered by her inability to move on from the terrible events of her past, which haunt her both physically and emotionally.

Only one man knows what really happened in 1923. A dying man who is riding towards Absolution Creek, seeking his own salvation…

From the gleaming foreshores of Sydney Harbour to the vast Australian outback, this is a story of betrayal and redemption and of an enduring love which defies even death.

Absolution Creek was published in 2012. A ‘Top Fifty’ Books Pick.


What Nicole says

A child fell from the rear of a dray while travelling with her family and was later found wandering in the bush alone

Absolution Creek Unfortunately such events were not uncommon in the bush at a time when roads were barely formed tracks and travelling was often undertaken at dawn or dusk due to the distances involved. My grandfather told my father this story in the 1940s, the incident occurring about 40 kilometres from our property in the late 1800s. Like all my works before and since Absolution Creek I use an anecdote or story on which to base an idea for my novels. Taking two complete strangers of different age, sex and background and throwing them together on a remote sheep station in the 1920s tested both of my characters and those who loved them. Readers tell me this is a big story, with big themes, set in a harsh beautiful land. For me, Absolution Creek is about love, belonging and forgiveness.