The Shepherd's Hut

The Shepherd's Hut

Paperback - 2018
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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 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. A sweeping story of desperate survival, unlikely friendship and fierce love, The shepherd's hut is a coming-of-age story like no other: a masterpiece that explores what it takes to keep hope alive in a brutal world.
Publisher: London :, Picador,, 2018
ISBN: 9781509863853
Branch Call Number: FIC WIN
Characteristics: 266 pages ; 24 cm

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macierules
Aug 20, 2018

This was a great read - Booker-Prize worthy. Should have made the list.

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okbookgirl
Aug 19, 2018

A gritty and fast-moving tale of brutality and survival, Winton's novel is his best in a line of many good stories. The Western Australia landscape is almost a character unto itself, and the language Winton uses is both inventive and pitch perfect. It is a tough landscape and a tough story - hard to say that I loved it, as it is dark and often scary, but I couldn't put it down.

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Dub
Jul 24, 2018

Winton has the knack of creating a sense of place that is all-absorbing and realistic. This novel is a work of skillful storytelling by a multi-award winning craftsman. Winton's work is so good on many levels...very highly recommended.

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uncommonreader
Jul 18, 2018

Everything about this novel is great - the sense of the landscape, the honesty of the characters, the interesting plot. Winton writes about ordinary people with great grace.

robertafsmith Jun 18, 2018

Roberta's Pick: You're right inside the mind of Jaxie as he makes a run from a crime scene through increasingly dry scrub far north of Perth. Tim Winton excels himself in this novel. The setting (I swear it can be smelt), the dialogue (say what you like about Ozzie accents, it is a marvelously inventive language) and the story - where will all of Jaxie's hopes get him?

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