Luke Miggs wants more than small-town life: the grind of chores on the family farm, playing footy, drinks with friends. Like maybe doing something about his crush on Amanda Hunt, a barmaid at the local pub who’s smart, funny, and ambitious. Or playing footy in the big league. At eighteen, it can’t be too late, can it?
There’s the Curlews, at least, although the team’s little more than battlers. If only they could take their footy seriously, like the reigning champions, the Little Reach Scorpions. Under their tyrannical coach, Claude Rankin, the Scorpions have dominated the competition for ten years. It seems nothing will be different this season.
But when Adam Pride emerges from the night and tells the Curlews he wants to play for them, everything begins to change.
Song of the Curlew is a story of friendship, bonds, and coming of age, and how the choices of our past can come back to shape our future.