PRH acquires new Tim Winton novel for March 2018
Penguin Random House (PRH) has acquired ANZ rights to a new Tim Winton novel, The Shepherd’s Hut, to be published in March 2018.
Literary agency Jenny Darling also sold UK rights to Picador, US rights to Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and German rights to Luchterhand.
The Shepherd’s Hut follows Jaxie, who flees his sleepy hometown and abusive father and heads north ‘for the only person in the world who understands him’. Jaxie ‘traverses the vast, bare West Australian wheatbelt, heading towards the abandoned goldfields, staying out of sight long enough to reach the refuge of the salt country at the edge of the desert’.
PRH publishing director Ben Ball said Winton’s novel ‘gives voice to the coarse, destructive poetry of a youth struggling with something he can’t contain but can only begin to express’. ‘Both timeless and an acute reflection of our times, it’s a rifle-shot of a novel—crisp, fast, shocking—an urgent masterpiece.’
The Shepherd’s Hut will be published on 12 March 2018 in Australia and New Zealand, and in June in the UK and US.