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The Toucher
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There was something elemental about the place - the black salt-streaked granite, the foaming sea, the shrieking birds - something brutal and absolute, like death or murder. All her life Esther La Farge has been haunted by the image of a boy with green teeth who gave her a muttonbird feather. At 67, sitting in her wheelchair with a garden full of ghosts, she falls in love with his grandson: the devious charmer, Billy Crowe. Set in a small town on the legendary south coast of Western Australia, this is a narrative of sexual intrigue, memory and death.