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.