19 All the Birds Singing

19 All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

Paperback £8.99

Our female protagonist is Jake Whyte, who lives alone on an unnamed island off the English coast tending sheep with only a dog, Dog, for company. We first meet her on a sheep station in the Australian outback where she is the only female sheep shearer amongst a whole bunch of ‘blokes’ and one of the best. Jake has a past which slowly reveals itself to us. The chapters from the island progress as a straightforward narrative while her life in Australia unfolds in reverse revealing a bullied child, a former teenage streetwalker and an accomplished sheep farmer and sole resident on a forbidding, rainy wind swept island. The story is compelling, the structure ambitious and the imagery vivid. One of my favourite reads so far.