A major new voice on the literary scene
‘Sometimes in this business a voice just comes out of nowhere and seizes you by the scruff of your neck. Pay attention! it says. It only took the first 22 pages of this novel – which I read, hand over my mouth in disbelief, awe and a rush of emotion – to make me sit up and take serious notice. Campbell Mattison has been writing this novel for thirty years – and he’s poured everything he’s got into it. This is an unashamedly big, bold novel, pulsing with life, character, heart and soul – so Australian, so universal, so authentic, so strong – and it marks the arrival of a powerful new voice on the Australian literary scene. I am confident Campbell Mattinson will join the ranks of Tim Winton, Richard Flanagan, Christos Tsiolkas and Trent Dalton.’
—Catherine Milne, HarperCollins Head of Fiction and Fourth Estate Publisher.