A collection of short stories that illustrate, with quiet humour and deep insight, life in small rural Australian towns and life on the land. Here are all the follies, feuds, festivities and tragedies, written with a keen sense of character and unforgettable portraits in their pathos, absurdity and courage. Stories include: Prayers for Rain; Two Stacks of Hay; Uncle’s Career; The Miss Carters; Three Bad Boys; Aunt Emily Stands Guard and many more.