New Historical Novels Recount How the Australian Outback Was Won

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The stunning saga of a world long gone comes alive in Clive Thomas' powerful Australian adventure novels, "Thursday's Child" and its sequel "Sevengate: The Harvest."

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"These books are not only fascinating reads, but offer a look at Australian history that will never come again." - Robert Fletcher, CEO of Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency

Foundling Peter Tobin lived in the late 19th century, an age when the Australian outback was just opening up to railroads, steam power, visionary civic builders, and the determined men trying to claim this vital land. Tobin works his way up from drover to sheep shearer, and from horse breaker to horse trainer, until he finally becomes a wealthy land owner. Thursday’s Child looks at history quite unlike any other novel.

Says author Clive Thomas, “In 2006, after I retired from being what you call a rancher and we call a ‘grazier,’ breeding sheep for wool and meat, my wife Katherine and I moved from Forbes, an inland town in New South Wales, like Kangamite (the town in the book), to the seaside. When I’d completed my memoir, I found I’d conjured up many characters from my past who belonged to an extinct species. They weren’t going to rest until I’d told their tales.” And he continues his exciting tales in the sequel "Sevengate."

Peter Tobin’s story continues in the second book of the series, "Sevengate: The Harvest," recounting life in Australia’s Outback over the past century.

In the sequel, the author gives a nod to historical fact, but inserts enough fiction to make the Outback come alive.

This time, Tobin’s legacy as a drover, shearer, horse-breaker, soldier, and pastoralist spans the years 1910 to 1974. Tobin’s son, Harry Perrottet, born in 1910, is the offspring of a short, disastrous marriage between the drover and an English lady of refinement.

The book covers an important part of Australia’s past and the intricacies that make up the diverse nation. It also testifies to a drover’s hard life and survival in a tough climate. As the fiction comes into play, there are dramatic sacrifices, fatal misunderstandings, and even murder.

“These books are not only fascinating reads, but offer a look at Australian history that will never come again. We are thrilled to announce their release,” said Robert Fletcher, CEO of Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency.

THURSDAY’S CHILD: JOURNEYS FAR AND WIDE IN THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK (Kindle: 978-1-63135-125-9, B&N: 978-1-63135-126-6) is available for $9.99 at or at and

The soft cover version (ISBN: 978-1-62212-775-7, $25.95) can also be ordered through the publisher’s website: or at or

SEVENGATE: THE HARVEST (Kindle ISBN: 978-1-63135-863-0, eBook ISBN: 978-1-63135-862-3) is available for $9.99 at or and

The soft cover version (ISBN: 978-1-63135-109-9, $24.50) can also be ordered through the publisher’s website: and

About the Author: "Thursday’s Child" was the first novel by Clive Thomas, a retired grazier (rancher) who lives in a seacoast village just north of Sydney, Australia. He spent his childhood years amongst the last of the Australian Bushmen. Apart from following the boyhood and pre-World War II career of the fictional Harry Perrottet (1910 to 1946), his second novel, "Sevengate," continues up to the 1970s. The setting shifts from Sydney to the temperate inland town of Kangamite, to a sheep station (ranch) called Sevengate, which is also featured in "Thursday’s Child."

WHOLESALERS: These books are distributed by Ingram Books and other wholesale distributors. Contact your representative with the ISBN for purchase. Wholesale purchase for retailers, universities, libraries, and other organizations is also available through the publisher; please email bookorder(at)sbpra(dot)net.

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