In The Pea-pickers, a novel based on Eve Langley’s own experiences, Steve and Blue are two girls who, dressed as men, are taken on as itinerant workers for the farmers of Gippsland. They pack apples and pick peas. But their disguise is partial – and their quest is for love. For Blue the novel ends in marriage; but not for Steve. For her, desire is never straightforward, and love – for men, for women, for country – leaves her confused, but independent.
Winner 1940 S. H. Prior Memorial Prize