Race the Lazy River
by Wal Watkins
Rigby, 1963, [First Edition], hardcover
Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, previous owners inscription front end paper (see photographs)
“Carrying passengers and a spare axle up the Birdsville Track for the mailman, whose truck has broken down, Max Cameron finds the Track cut by Cooper’s Creek, which is pouring down from Queensland in a mighty flood. In an attempt to race the river he swings out into the desert, where he becomes trapped among sandhills and overflows from the Cooper.
The perils and difficulties of the situation bring out the best, and the worst, in his passengers – Anne-Marie, the German woman whose life has been filled with tragedy; Boris, the Pole, who has become emotionally disturbed as a result of his wartime experiences; Cansdale, who dreams of owning his own plane; Chesty Dollard, a young lout; and old Johnny, an aboriginal who can remember when his people walked naked and free through this area of Central Australia.”