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Harry Heathcote of Gangoil

Anthony Trollope

Book Overview: 

Harry Heathcote is an English ‘squatter’ who runs a huge sheep station at Gangoil in Queensland, Australia. His wife Mary and her older sister Kate live with him. Giles Medlicott owns a sugar plantation and mill nearby. Two of Harry’s former disgruntled employees, with the aid of other disreputable neighbours the Brownbies, deliberately start a potentially disastrous fire on Harry’s land. Medlicott comes to Harry’s support and the book follows what happens thereafter.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .That's a matter of taste. There are people whom I find it very comfortable to quarrel with. I shouldn't at all like not to quarrel with the Brownbies, and I'm not at all sure it mayn't come to be the same with Mr. Giles Medlicot."

"The Brownbies live by sheep-stealing and horse-stealing."

"And Medlicot means to live by employing sheep-stealers and horse-stealers. You can go if you like it. You won't want me to go with you. Will you have the baggy?"

But the ladies said that they would ride. The air was cooler now than it had been, and they would like the exercise. They would take Jacko with them to open the slip-rails, and they would be back by seven for dinner. So they started, taking the track by the wool-shed. The wool-shed was about two miles from the station, and Medlicot's Mill was seven miles farther, on the bank of the river.

Mr. Giles Medlicot, though at Gangoil he was still sp. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The shortest Trollope I’ve read, but enjoyable enough. And it is a Christmas story told through the drama of an Australian fire, and enmity between neighbors, yet Trollope works a love story into the mix.

I’m coming to realize that I’m a bigger fan of Trollope’s big novels than these shorter ones but this was an interesting read if simply for the fact that it is set in Australia and not Europe like his other novels. Of course most of the characters are immigrants from the old country and men like Har

3.5 stars

I don't usually tag Anthony Trollope as "light reading," but this novella can be read in about two hours.

Harry Heathcote is his own worst enemy. With his strong sense of right and wrong, he lambastes anyone who doesn't fit his ideas of manly integrity. He inadvertently creates many enemies and lives

I quite enjoyed this – a fun, little Christmassy read, though it felt very different to other Trollope books.

Trollope's son emigrated to Australia and this is what came from visiting his son. It takes place on a sheep run in Queensland. I remember the fires from The Thornbirds, which helped me picture the land, and the great anxiety felt by our hero, Harry Heathcote.

But this might be Trollope's shortest no

Much more fun on my second read. Fast paced, evocative setting, action, romance. All in 12 chapters. Who could ask for more?

This is the worst thing I've read by Trollope. It's pretty good!

Knowing nothing about it, I had three surprises. One was that it is set in the Australian bush, rather far from the London and provincial towns of his usual fare. Another that it is a sort of Christmas story, which worked rather well as

Trollope wrote this as a "Christmas story" (like Dickens's A Christmas Carol) in 1874. Trollope disliked Christmas stories, saying in his Autobiography that "[n]othing can be more distasteful to me than to have to give a relish of Christmas to what I write", but the demand for his novels had begun t

Serendipity! That is what happens to me when I find a treasure like this little book. It is only 109 pages long but it is a powerful story. I found the audio book version on Overdrive and fell in love with the voice, not only of the narrator but the voice of the story! Peter Joyce was the narrator,

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