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If you loved Goodwood, take a trip to Cedar Valley in October 2018. 

Allen & Unwin is thrilled to announce the publication of musician and songwriter Holly Throsby’s new standalone novel Cedar Valley. Told with warmth, wit and charm, Cedar Valley is Holly’s compelling new mystery set deep within the hearts of Cedar Valley and its inhabitants. It is a story of hidden truths, tight-knit communities and small-town Australian life, and with a few nods to Goodwood, fans will not be disappointed.


About the book About the book

Cedar Valley
Holly Throsby, Allen & Unwin, October 2018

‘He strolled down Valley Road, only briefly, past the hairdresser and a small cafe. A warm wind stirred, carrying with it the faint smell of pies and horses, and the man paused for just a moment before he sat down. Benny Miller would have driven right past him in her station wagon on that bright and brimming day.’

On the first day of summer in 1993, two strangers arrive in the town of Cedar Valley. 

One is a calm-looking man in a brown suit. He makes his way down the main street and walks directly to Cedar Valley Curios & Oldwares, sitting down on the footpath, where he leans silently against the big glass window for hours.

The other is 21-year-old Benny Miller. Fresh out of university, Benny has come to Cedar Valley in search of information about her mother, Vivian, who has recently died. Vivian’s mysterious old friend, Odette Fisher, has offered Benny her modest pale green cottage for as long as she wants it.

Is there any connection between the man on the pavement and Benny’s quest to learn more about her mother? Holly Throsby is the perfect guide as Cedar Valley and its inhabitants slowly reveal their secrets.


Listen to Holly Throsby talk about her new book


Praise for Goodwood

‘So finely observed … with laconic wit … a nuanced portrayal of the damage created by hidden truths in tight-knit communities.’ (4.5 stars)Books+Publishing

‘The kind of big-hearted, emotionally bruising story that reminds you why you love fiction … Goodwood is many things: a satisfying and conscientiously constructed mystery, an affectionate but clear-eyed portrait of a time and a place, and a darkly lovely coming of age story. But most of all, it’s a complete revelation, the conjuring up of a sad, beautiful, indelible little world of its own’The Sydney Morning Herald

‘It has been a while since I lost a weekend to a debut novel … There is so much to enjoy about this book; my tip is that it will become a firm book club favourite.’ (5 stars)Good Reading Magazine

‘A little bit Twin Peaks and a little bit Picnic at Hanging Rock, Goodwood is a terrific, thoroughly Australian novel. Throsby is already celebrated for her prowess as a musician and songwriter, and with this she proves she has yet another string to her extraordinary creative bow.’—Hannah Richell, Australian Women’s Weekly

‘… chilling, evocative and buzzed-about debut …’Who Weekly

Goodwood is a wonderfully lush and well-realised depiction of several aspects of contemporary Australian life and its unhurried narrative style means the wide cast of characters all feel three-dimensional. Domestic violence, sexual experimentation and alcohol abuse are skilfully threaded into the story. The intrigue slowly builds to the point where the urge to learn the truth about the disappearances becomes overwhelming. The ending does not disappoint.’The Australian

Goodwood employs a familiar setting, immediately drawing you in and comforting you, then turns everything you know and expect on its head with a mysterious discovery, a series of disappearances and the arrival of newcomers, unusual in a town like this one. I cannot encourage you to read it enough!’Better Read Than Dead

‘Holly Throsby’s debut novel is lyrical without being abstruse, colloquial without being contrived. Her characters, while familiar, are nuanced and authentic, and her depiction of small-town life is bang-on in both its endearing and suffocating ways.’Readings Monthly


About the author About the author

Holly Throsby is a songwriter, musician and novelist from Sydney, Australia. She has released five solo albums, a collection of original children’s songs, an album as part of the band Seeker Lover Keeper and has been nominated for four ARIAs. Holly’s debut novel, Goodwood (2016), was a critically acclaimed bestseller, shortlisted for the Indie, ABIA, Davitt and Ned Kelly awards.

Holly is a council member for the animal protection institute, Voiceless. She is active on social media, likes good books, cryptic crosswords, small towns, and dogs.

(Photo credit: Yanni Kronenberg)


Sample chapter

Read the first chapter of Cedar Valley here.


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