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My Outback Life

Adventures in the Gulf Country

My Outback Life by Toni Tapp Coutts
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The sequel to the bestselling A SUNBURNT CHILDHOOD. Now set in the Northern Territory's Gulf country, Toni Tapp Coutts's outback life continues to be full of adventure: running a cattle station with her husband, raising her own family in Australia's remote north, riding in rodeos and making new friends at the Heartbreak Hotel.

Having grown up on the massive Killarney cattle station near Katherine, NT, Toni Tapp Coutts was well prepared when her husband, Shaun, took a job at McArthur River Station in the Gulf Country, 600 kilometres away near the Queensland border.

Toni became cook, counsellor, housekeeper and nurse to the host of people who lived on McArthur River and the constant stream of visitors. She made firm friends, created the Heartbreak Ball and started riding campdraft in rodeos all over the Territory, becoming one of the NT's top riders.

In the midst of this busy life she raised three children and saw them through challenges; she dealt with snakes in her washing basket; she kept in touch with her large, sprawling Tapp family, and she fell deeply in love with the Gulf Country.

Filled with the warmth and humour readers will remember from A SUNBURNT CHILDHOOD, this next chapter in Toni's life is both an adventure and a heartwarming memoir, and will introduce readers to a part of Australia few have experienced.
Hachette Australia; March 2017
ISBN 9780733637261
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Title: My Outback Life
Author: Toni Tapp Coutts