NORTHWARD THE COAST by Edward Lindall

NORTHWARD THE COAST

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An excellent Australian melodrama, with a small cast and elemental plot.. When two Portuguese teachers stand up against Salazar's dictatorship, they are forced to flee by open boat to Northern Australia. In Darwin, they are about to be deported back to their certain death in Portugal. An Australian who wants to make political hay out of their plight and become governor, aids them and hides them out with a bush buffalo hunter, Lang Bowman, who is as hard on women as he is on the bottle. Bowman's interests are completely mercenary until a good-looking young nurse arrives at his shack to nurse a sick fugitive; she shames some altruism into him. Bowman decides that the safest thing for all concerned is to cross over the Northern coast until they reach the Japanese fishing grounds and can put the fugitives aboard a trawler. Then begins an odyssey through wild forests, savage bushmen, crocodile-infested rivers, counterpointed by police pursuit. The climax is conventionally ironic but the characters are hard and clear.

Pub Date: Jan. 5th, 1965
Publisher: Morrow