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About the book | Advance praise | Publisher’s letter | About the author | Excerpt | Reading copy giveaway

Award-winning author Steven Lang’s much-anticipated third novel, Hinterland, is coming in July.



About the book

Winderran is a picturesque old farming district that has transformed itself into a tourist destination where art galleries, cafés and real estate agencies line the main street. The old farming families have had to make room for the tree-changers, retirees and wealthy developers who’ve come to live there. Now a controversial dam project’s been announced and the community is fragmenting along unpredictable lines.

Tensions rise as the town debates whether the dam is beneficial or just another exercise in money and power. With egos, the environment and wealth at stake, traditional loyalties and values are pushed to the brink. Lovers and old friends are forced to choose sides, jeopardising relationships as these dramas play out alongside the political questions that will determine the future of the town.

Told from alternating points of view, Hinterland is a gripping novel that captures contemporary Australia in all its natural beauty and conflicting ambitions.


Publisher’s letter

‘Steven Lang’s Hinterland captured me in the best possible way—I first started reading it in a hotel room on a rainy night in Melbourne. Other commitments called, but I thought I’d just dip in to Steven’s new manuscript before I went out. And I never went out … I read and read. The beauty of the writing, the drama of the story and the connection with the characters all gripped me to the end. Hinterland is Steven’s third novel and I believe that this is the one that people will remember and talk about. I hope it keeps you up late reading, as it did me. Because isn’t that why we are all in books? Enjoy!’
—Madonna Duffy, Publisher, University of Queensland Press


Advance praise

Hinterland is Steven Lang’s third novel. It is stunning: a love story to the land and a tense exploration of the divisions arising from political alliances, personal beliefs and inherited ideals. Lang’s descriptions of the landscape are beautiful, evoking a stunning visual backdrop for the small hinterland town. His characters are vivid, revealing a true sense of their past and current allegiances, transgressions and ambitions.’
—Kate Frawley, Owner and Manager of The Sun Bookshop, Books+Publishing


Steven Lang

About the author

Steven Lang is an award-winning Australian writer and passionate conservationist. He is the author of two novels, An Accidental Terrorist, which won Premiers’ Literary Awards in both Queensland and New South Wales, and 88 Lines about 44 Women, which was shortlisted for both the Christina Stead and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards for Fiction. He is the co-director of the writer’s festival, Outspoken. He lives in Maleny in South East Queensland.



Download a sample chapter from Hinterland here.


Reading copy giveaway

For your chance to receive one of five advance reading copies of Hinterland, please email The first five people to respond will receive a copy.




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