The Shepherd's Hut (Paperback)Tim Winton (author)
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'Outstanding... Tim Winton strikes gold again' - The Sunday Times
For years Jaxie Clackton has dreaded going home. His beloved mum is dead, and he wishes his dad was too, until one terrible moment leaves his life stripped to nothing. No one ever told Jaxie Clackton to be careful what he wishes for.
And so Jaxie runs. There's just one person in the world who understands him, but to reach her he'll have to cross the vast saltlands of Western Australia. It is a place that harbours criminals and threatens to kill those who haven't reckoned with its hot, waterless vastness. This is a journey only a dreamer - or a fugitive - would attempt.
Fierce and lyrical, The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton is a story of survival, solitude and unlikely friendship. Most of all it is about what it takes to keep hope alive in a parched and brutal world.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 210 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 25 mm
'In language so tangy it feels almosy edible, Winton tells the story of young Jaxie Clackton, on the run across Australia. Cosmic themes intermingle with an old-fashioned adventure yarn, delivered in prose of the highest order' - The Daily Mail
'Winton's descriptive energy makes its topography seem not exotic and other, but vividly present. (…) The Shepherd's Hut is his equivalent of land art' - The FT
'Blisteringly original - The Times
'A wise novel, demonstrating Winton's deep engagement with issues of moral complexity.' - The Observer
'The Shepherd's Hut is wonderful. Brutal, agonizing, tender. Ultimately, it's a story of redemption and hope' -- Sarah Winman, author of When God Was a Rabbit and Tin Man
'Turbocharged by its unique and grimly funny teenage voice, The Shepherd's Hut is a page-turning heartbreaker' - Emma Donoghue, author of Room
'A master novelist at the very peak of their craft. Full of heart and life and beauty, it's a book with Australian dirt under its fingernails. I am jealous of anyone who gets to read him for the first time' - Evie Wyld, author of All The Birds, Singing
'A novel that reminds us what fiction can do. Here is a voice that digs into your viscera and changes you from the inside. This is fiction in the raw.' - Ross Raisin, author of God's Own Country
'Winton's novel of breaking and mending is a searing, ardent and deeply empathetic dive into the turmoil of a mutilated heart. I will never be able to unhear the voice of young Jaxie Clackton, plangent and profane, who is destined to become one of the greatest characters in Australian literature.' - Geraldine Brooks, author of Year of Wonders
'Remarkable... what a peculiar, disorientating and astonishing novel this is. It begins as one thing and ends as another, and yet the stitching towards these diverse tones is seamless... extraordinary... the moral structure of the novel is beautifully balanced... nobody else could write a novel such as this... Winton has written a novel which - and I can have no higher praise - I wish to re-read... it is clever, canny and complex.' - Scotland on Sunday
'Even a regular Tim Winton novel - if such a thing exists - would knock most other novels into a cocked hat, but The Shepherd's Hut is Winton at the top of his game, and that's saying something. A fierce, pungent, slangy, humdinger of a book, with a real kick in the tail. Fiction doesn't get much better than this' - Rupert Thomson, author of Divided Kingdom
A tour de force... what makes this lonely romp so technically impressive is that Winton manages to maintain the tension, while Jaxie's musings are punctuated with flashes of demotic poetry... The book's conclusion, looping back to its opening, is beautifully poised. 'Change is slow and hope is violent' reads the epigraph to The Shepherd's Hut. It certainly turns out to be so in this novel. But there is hope none the less, not just for Jaxie but for some kind of understanding and empathy across generations, and for that Winton makes us very grateful.' - Literary Review
'Outstanding... Tim Winton strikes gold again...compulsively suspenseful... dazzlingly good... it's as a finely nuanced picture of a damaged yet not defeated youngster nearing adulthood, along with sizzlingly rendered vistas of Western Australia, that this tour-de-force novel exerts its masterly grip' - The Sunday Times
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“Fierce, Gripping & Lyrical”
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“A Real Page Turner.”
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