Wasp Season (The Wild Australia Stories – Book 6)
Best-selling Aussie author Jennifer Scoullar has combined the rural romance her readers love with an edge-of-the-seat environmental thriller in her latest book, Wasp Season.
You’ll never see a wasp in the same way again.
When Beth’s marriage ends, she’s determined to build a new life in the country for herself and her children. A quiet life lived closer to nature. She thinks she’s achieved the impossible – a civilised separation, a happy home and a cordial relationship with her estranged husband, Mark. There’s even the promise of a new love. But when Mark tries to change the rules, Beth’s peaceful world is turned upside down.
Disturbingly, she also discovers that European wasps have invaded her garden. Beth’s obsession with them and their queen holds up a distorted mirror to the human drama. As the chaos in Beth’s life gathers momentum, connections between the two worlds come sharply into focus. The lives of Beth and the others are neither separate to, nor safe from, the natural world.
In this series of Wild Australia Stories I tell tales of the people, wildlife and land that I love. But there is more to wild Australia than brumbies, dingoes, dolphins and the magnificent outback.
As a passionate conservationist and naturalist, I’m interested in all aspects of nature. One thing I’ve learned is that it’s not always about the big things. Little creatures have a surprising impact on our lives. If you’re squeamish about insects, look away now. If you’re fascinated by the Australian bush and the way all creatures great and small are connected, then Beth’s story is for you.
Wasp Season is part Scoullar, part Attenborough, with its strikingly detailed glimpse into the natural world. At times Scoullar takes us by the hand like Alice through the looking glass into the tiny world of Beth’s wasp queen. And in a story full of surprising twists, Beth must overcome the all-too-human threat of a violent and delusional ex-partner. The rising suspense in both worlds comes together in a surprising and dramatic conclusion.
A thrilling story that describes both human and insect life in detail as they become intertwined … an unforgettable, unputdownable trip into a garden that, on the surface, seems like a quiet refuge.
Scoullar, it turns out, is a writer of documentary calibre.
There is an ironic twist to this tale, a violent and sudden twist that will leave the reader gasping. Wasp Season is a fascinating study of nature and humans.
The Wild Australia Stories – Book 6
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- Contemporary rural romance/women’s fiction
Bestselling Aussie author Jennifer Scoullar writes page-turning fiction about the land, people and wildlife that she loves. Published 6 times by Penguin Random House, her passion for animals and the bush shines through her work.