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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.
‘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
Read the first chapter of Cedar Valley here.
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