Stephen Scourfield
 
Reviews  
 
As the River Runs

“Where Other Country was a very masculine breathing out, As the River Runs is a more feminine breathing in. In that sense, both are not only gripping, but enriching, life-enhancing reads. Ultimately it is in the descriptions of landscape, flora and fauna – unsurprisingly, given Scourfield’s extensive experience as a travel editor, writer and photographer – that one finds the most musical and heartfelt passages.”
William Yeoman, West Australian Newspapers

“Stephen Scourfield’s latest novel reveals a deep love of the region he so vividly describes. It also provides a clear picture of the issues—including water shortage, alternative energy options and the rights of remote Indigenous communities—facing the government, the miners and the broader community in the battle to maintain a sustainable environment.”
Australian Bookseller + Publisher magazine

 
Other Country 
    
“The success of Other Country is also largely due to its voice, which is immediate, dramatic and stark. Poetic as well as vernacular, it suggests Proulx, McCarthy and other US writers for whom voice is, in many ways, story. Scourfield’s evident intimacy with the landscape and subject that have inspired him percolates through every page of this impressive novel.”
The Weekend Australian   
  
“Set in the Australian Outback and written in a taut poetic style perfectly suited to the hardened characters who inhabit it, Other Country is unusual for the language of its landscape. Perfect for those who liked Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses, this novel richly deserves to be published in Britain and America“. The Economist, Best Books of 2007 (worldwide) 
  
“ … an engaging novel that has flashes of pure poetry and a resonant, deeply affecting ending.”
Australian Literary Review  
  
“Scourfield has a profound love for this unyielding territory, and the dust of the Dry and the rain of the Wet have entered the pores of his language.” 
The Bulletin    
  
“This is … a well-crafted and skilfully written story of two brothers and the forces that shape their lives.”
Sydney Morning Herald     
    
“Scourfield’s story is a cracker that reveals an imagination that surely has more stories to tell.” 
The Age     
    
“This debut novel about manhood and survival in the Outback marks an interesting new voice in Australian fiction.”
Sunday Telegraph    
  
“What struck me most in reading this evocative, mostly affecting novel was how Geoffrey Blainey’s notion of the tyranny of distance applied not so much to our remoteness from the mother country, but our isolation from our own country and each other . . . an engaging first novel that has flashes of pure poetry and a resonant, deeply affecting ending.” 
Australian Literary Review in The Australian    
    
“Scourfield, who has a long history of writing non-fiction and photographing the Outback, can now lay claim to a rather impressive first novel about it.”
The Courier Mail    
  
“With spare, blunt language, Scourfield reveals the gritty heart of our country, and his characters and the land that spawned then are so authentically Oz that even a citified girl who’s never been past Dubbo recognises his vision as the real deal.”
Vogue magazine  
  
“Other Country is a superb achievement. In the narrative's imagery and poetic cadences it might do for the mythos of the Kimberley what Tim Winton in fiction, and Hal Colebatch in poetry, have done for the metaphysics of WA's marine environment, elevating and celebrating its various dimensions. Other Country is also a bloody good yarn.”
West Weekend Magazine  
  
“ … so good it was a difficult book to put down. Other Country brilliantly captures the reality of the Outback and its people, the land, the seasons, and the flavour, colour and unexpected humanity of the place. Scourfield has an exacting understanding of the Outback psyche and the complex hardships everybody out there accepts as the norm.
And he portrays it so well. This is a really great read, and I hope there's more to come.”
Waikato Times, New Zealand  
  
“Laced with laconic humour, this gritty yarn is bang on the money.”
Qantas magazine, The Australian Way  
  
“This is a novel of violent passions, loyalties and conflicting ideas as the brothers’ relationship swings between love and violent opposition. There are echoes of Annie Proulx in the tough, spare prose which gives no quarter to either the characters or the outback itself.” 
Australian Bookseller & Publisher 
  
“very assured debut.” 
Good Reading 
  
“This rewarding Australian novel deftly portrays toughness and vulnerability.” 
Gold Coast Bulletin 
  
“Packed with forceful emotion, bravery and rawness.” 
Broome Advertiser 
  
“captures the landscape in which it is set as well as the dry humour that the Australian outback is famous for. It’s forceful, emotional, gritty and brave.” 
Ultimate Travel Magazine
  
“The pindan of the far north does more than coat your clothes and skin in its silky red dust, it seeps into your blood, too. It’s pretty obvious first-time novelist Scourfield is seriously infected if Other Country is anything to go by. The reverence with which he describes the far north – its colours, its age, its delicately tuned ecology, its people – is almost religious. And he writes at his best when he’s lost in this landscape.”
Sunday Times Magazine 

Unaccountable Hours

“There’s a creative intelligence at work in this book, diligently crafting the narrative intensity to nourish literature and help sustain cultural cohesion.”
Ian McFarlane, Canberra Times

“Thematically diverse, each of these three substantial novellas has much to enjoy. This book should be read by anyone interested in modern Australian writing.”
Max Oliver, Bookseller + Publisher magazine

“The novellas, all set in Western Australia, tell separate stories – the first about a luthier who makes a remarkable violin, the second about a romance between a young man and spunky elderly woman, and the third about a determinedly ethical naturalist – but all are satisfyingly linked by tiny echoes, small coincidences and shared references.”
Katharine England, Adelaide Advertiser

“His latest offering is Unaccountable Hours, a powerful, evocative collection of three novellas that together explore many of Scourfield’s concerns; familial relationships, ethics, the concept of tradition, the transition from adolescence to manhood – and, of course, nature and the landscape.”
William Yeoman, The West Australian

“Scourfield knows and writes about the diverse environments of Western Australia in ways that bring those locations alive, as alive as the characters who people them in these three very fine novellas. Compelling both in their telling and their effects, these stories are wonderfully told, carry what is often quite esoteric knowledge lightly, and will reward many re-readings.”
Writing WA 

“Like Water (the second novella in Unaccountable Hours) shows this author’s versatility.  This story features some of the most beautiful writing I have come across lately, and the characterisation, especially of Bea, is just brilliant. This author is a Miles Franklin contender.” 
anzlitlovers.com

“His travel writing experience has provided Scourfield with the knowledge to write about WA’s diverse environments in ways that bring those locations alive. He is equally successful in life to the diverse characters who feature in his stories – a maker of violins, a sometime surfer and a scientist. Each has a complex family background and their contemporary situations involve each facing a kind of test. These compelling stories are wonderfully told.”
Farm Weekly 
 
Connected

“An expert with an eye for the soul of a land is what makes a perfect traveller, and Stephen Scourfield is just that. In these essays and stories (he) gives us both sides of the equation: the experiences fuelling his vision and the stories expressing that vision.
“There is an almost beatific feeling contained in the essays, as if Scourfield is truly becoming one with the land. In the stories there is the solidity of an utterly known space, where the narrative gently seduces you, sometimes to the verge of tears.”
The West Australian

 

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