The Memory Tree

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Pilyara Press is proud to announce that the The Memory Tree will be released on September 30th! This is the third book in Jennifer Scoullar’s Tasmanian Tales series.


Playing God Is A Dangerous Game

When forest protests engulf a tiny Tasmanian timber town, one family’s century of secrets threatens to destroy a marriage – and bring down a government.

Matt Abbott, head ranger at beautiful Binburra National Park, is a man with something to hide.  He confides his secret to nobody, not even his wife Penny. The deception gnaws away at their marriage.

Matt’s father, timber and mining magnate Fraser Abbott, stands for everything Matt hates. Son disappoints father, father disappoints son – this is their well-worn template. But Fraser seems suddenly determined to repair the rift between them at any cost, and Matt will discover that secrets run in the family. When Sarah, a visiting Californian geneticist, tries to steal Matt’s heart, the scene is set for a deadly betrayal.              

The Memory Tree is a haunting story of family relationships, the unbreakable ties we all have to the past and the redemptive power of love.           

Praise for Jennifer Scoullar

‘Scoullar’s writing has a rich complexity. Poetic and visual … the landscape vivid and alive.’ Reading, Writing  and Riesling 

‘Jennifer Scoullar’s passion for the land shines through … Highly recommended.’ Sunshine Coast Daily

‘An absorbing story … beautifully written.’ Reading, Writing and Riesling
‘Scoullar, it turns out, is a writer of documentary calibre … lovely, lyrical prose.’ The Australian.

Jennifer Scoullar lives on a farm in West Gippsland and has previously published six novels with Penguin Random house. A committed conservationist, she writes about the land, people and wildlife that she loves.

Fortune’s Son

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We are thrilled to announce that a new edition of Fortune’s Son is now available for readers outside Australia. As a bonus, it sports a gorgeous new cover!

Can one man’s revenge become his redemption?

Young Luke Tyler has everything going for him: brains, looks and a larrikin charm that turns heads. The future looks bright, until he defends his sister from the powerful Sir Henry Abbot. His reward is fifteen years hard labour on a prison farm in Tasmania’s remote highlands.

Luke escapes, finding sanctuary with a local philanthropist and starting a forbidden relationship with his daughter, Belle. But when Luke is betrayed, he must flee or be hanged.

With all seeming lost, Luke sails to South Africa to start afresh. Yet he remains haunted by the past, and by Belle, the woman he can’t forget. When he returns to seek revenge and reclaim his life, his actions will have shattering consequences – for the innocent as well as the guilty.

Set against a backdrop of wild Tasmania, Australian gold and African diamonds, Fortune’s Son is an epic story of betrayal, love and one man’s struggle to triumph over adversity and find his way home.

PRAISE FOR JENNIFER SCOULLAR

‘Lovely lyrical prose. Scoullar, it turns out, is a writer of documentary calibre.’
The Australian

‘An excellent read!’ Newcastle Herald

‘Superb! … Scoullar’s writing has a rich complexity. Poetic and visual … the landscape vivid and alive.’ Reading, Writing and Riesling

The Lost Valley – Coming Soon!

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THE LOST VALLEY – Coming Soon!

We can finally reveal the beautiful cover of Jennifer Scoullar’s wonderful new novel, The Lost Valley, out August 27th. It follows the lives and loves of the Abbott family, introduced in my last book, Fortune’s SonThe Lost Valley is a sweeping saga of ambition, betrayal and dangerous love.

Tasmania, 1929: Ten-year-old-twins, Tom and Harry Abbott, are orphaned by a tragedy that shocks Hobart society. They find sanctuary with their reclusive grandmother, growing up in the remote and rugged Binburra ranges – a place where kind-hearted Tom discovers a love of the wild, Harry nurses a growing resentment towards his brother and where the mountains hold secrets that will transform both their lives.

The chaos of World War II divides the brothers, and their passion for two very different women fuels a deadly rivalry. Can Tom and Harry survive to heal their rift? And what will happen when Binburra finally reveals its astonishing secrets?

From Tasmania’s highlands to the Battle of Britain, and all the way to the golden age of Hollywood, The Lost Valley is a lush family saga about two brothers whose fates are entwined with the land and the women they love.