This book is famous for its stark realism - for not romanticising bush life, instead showing all its bleakness and harshness. Economic of style, influenced by the great nineteenth-century Russian novelists, Baynton presents the Australian bush as dangerous and isolating for the women who inhabit it. The terror Baynton evokes is elemental, sexual, unabashedly female. "No one ever wrote about the bush like Barbara Baynton. In the half-dozen stories in this book she conjures a nightmarish world for the women who live in it, a place of danger, lonliness and horror. Stark and searing, Bush studies is unforgettable, one of the most original books in Australian literature."--Back cover.