Eucalyptus (Panther) and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
  • RRP: £8.99
  • You Save: £1.80 (20%)
FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10.
Only 7 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
FREE Delivery on orders over £10.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Over 2 million items sold. Fast dispatch and delivery. Excellent Customer Feedback. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Eucalyptus (Panther) Paperback – 20 May 1999


See all 15 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£7.19
£3.50 £0.01

Frequently Bought Together

Eucalyptus (Panther) + Cloudstreet + The Secret River
Price For All Three: £20.67

Buy the selected items together


Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (20 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860464955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860464959
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

"One of the great and most surprising courtships in literature" (Michael Ondaatje)

"Bail tells a story which is encrusted with delicious detail, and writes in an affecting mood of rapt tenderness. The book will haunt its readers long after more perfectly-finished fictions have faded from their memories" (Andrew Motion Observer)

"Tall trees inspire tall tales. Eucalyptus makes most other novels seem weedy by comparison. It is a towering achievement" (Mark Sanderson Time Out)

"His sentences have a perpetually off-balance wit which gives you life's jumble, its mystery, its unexplained compactness. You take in the humour first, but then they deepen and deepen. Buy the book. You won't have read anything like it" (Francis Spufford Evening Standard)

"A most unusual, enchanting work...a novel of most beguiling originality" (Carmen Callil Daily Telegraph)

Review

"...it's a pleasure simply to be immersed in Bail's caprice-prone mind." (The New York Times Book Review)

"Curious power is precisely what this novel delivers. Part of its charm is its style, the quirky sentences that rarely go where we expect, the sinister Arthur Machenesque beauty of the landscape descriptions, the meandering stories that fail to deliver their expected allegories, that never really end but instead begin others." (The Washington Post)

“One of the great and most surprising courtships in literature.” (Michael Ondaatje)

"Whatever the source of Bail's peculiar magic, Eucalyptus casts a spell that will carry readers from first page to last and leave them wishing for a thousand and one more stories just like it." (Amazon) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec 2001
Format: Paperback
A delicately-crafted, beautifully written, modern fairytale, that just like the old-fashioned ones, you can read over and over. Interwoven with the main plot of a princess in a castle, are other stories, some only a page long, that seem like charming whimsical digressions but later you see they reinforce the threads of the story.
The descriptions of each eucalyptus throughout the book make you want to find out more about these trees - and indeed Australia itself. Bail's love story is almost as much with these trees as with Ellen and her suitors.
Despite the twist, I guessed the ending, and read the last twenty pages or so at breakneck speed at 3am, just to see if I was right. And happily I was - as all good fairytales should end.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By annabel_casey@yahoo.co.uk on 19 Mar 2000
Format: Hardcover
Having been captivated, during a year in Australia, by the magical gum trees I was fascinated by this book. Murray Bail captures the ethereal quality of these beautiful trees perfectly in this almost fairytale novel. His love of gums comes through in virtually every line of the work and this more than compensates for the rather thin plot.However, the neat little twist at the end is very good - I certainly didn't anticipate it. On the whole a beautiful little book and well worth reading especially if, like me, you love the Australian Outback.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue on 15 April 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
It is not a thriller by any means, but this book grips you and makes you want to peek at the last page to make sure it will be alright in the end. It is a beautifully written, gentle read, but not at all light. I actually borrowed this from the library a few years back, and bought recently it as I wanted to re-read it. It did not disappoint second time around.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Franny on 7 April 2010
Format: Paperback
I adore this book. It is a joy to read and I think it has a great, quirky fairytale air to it. Australia and the Eucalyptus trees are characters too, just as much as Ellen and her father. The stories within the story really captivated me and the ending is wonderful!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
Well... If you're after a cozy page turner to read on the beach or in the bath, then maybe this isn't for you. However, it's clever and thought provoking without being pretentious or dull in any way. The characters are faintly sketched, but the tough Australian landscape is powerfully drawn; the parallels between the outback and the lives of the people who live there are intriguing and beautifully described. An impressive novel that managed to actually make me interested in the eucalyptus tree!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
Holland has planted his land with every variety of eucalyptus he can get his hands on - over five hundred in total. As his daughter reaches marriageable age, he decides that only the man who can correctly name all of his eucalypts will be good enough to take her hand. News of Ellen's beauty and Holland's challenge travel far and wide, but it is only when one suitor shows clear signs that he will accomplish this task that Ellen begins to worry - especially as she has recently met a stranger whose odd stories have somehow got under her skin...

This is, of course, a fairy tale. But the characters are more than archetypes, the landscape lives and breathes, and the story is compelling. Bail's down-to-earth narrative voice provides the necessary omniscient narrative, combining dry wit with a sometimes irritating pomposity, but highlighted with frequent glimpses of unforced poetry: "smooth stones lay under water like pears suspended in syrup."

Although Bail avoids anthropomorphicism, the eucalypts nonetheless play a large part in this book's appeal. You will learn a lot about Australia's native tree but instead of a dry text book, there are vivid character sketches of the numerous varieties, not to mention the tangential starting points they provide for the stranger's often odd or melancholy love stories.

There is an obvious element of unreality to the story, but it is so well told that it is easy to suspend belief. The first half of the book - Holland's marriage, the building of a new life in the outback, with eucalypts - was captivating.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
When Holland's wife dies in childbirth, he buys a farm in New South Wales and begins to collect hundreds of different species of eucalypts. His beautiful daughter Ellen is admired by many suitors, but, as in all fairy tales, they have to pass a test in order to marry her.

One man is almost successful in passing the test, but then another man charms his way into Ellen's life, beguiling her with stories and tales.

This is a charming novel, original, bizarre and inventive. I love Australia, having lived there for a short time, so I enjoyed this novel very much.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again


Feedback