The Shepherd's Hut

The Shepherd's Hut

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From Tim Winton, Australia's most decorated and beloved novelist and the author of Cloudstreet , comes The Shepherd's Hut , the story of a young man on a thrilling journey of self-discovery in one of the harshest, near-uninhabitable climates on Earth.

Tim Winton is Australia's most decorated and beloved novelist. Short-listed twice for the Booker Prize and the winner of a record four Miles Franklin Literary Awards for Best Australian Novel, he has a gift for language virtually unrivaled among writers in English. His work is both tough and tender, primordial and new--always revealing the raw, instinctual drives that lure us together and rend us apart.

In The Shepherd's Hut , Winton crafts the story of Jaxie Clackton, a brutalized rural youth who flees from the scene of his father's violent death and strikes out for the vast wilds of Western Australia. All he carries with him is a rifle and a waterjug. All he wants is peace and freedom. But surviving in the harsh saltlands alone is a savage business. And once he discovers he's not alone out there, all Jaxie's plans go awry. He meets a fellow exile, the ruined priest Fintan MacGillis, a man he's never certain he can trust, but on whom his life will soon depend. The Shepherd's Hut is a thrilling tale of unlikely friendship and yearning, at once brutal and lyrical, from one of our finest storytellers.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780374262327
Branch Call Number: WINTON T
Characteristics: 267 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 22, 2019

My very first Tim Winton book, and I loved his evocative writing! Can't wait to read more of his books now!!

Jan 19, 2019

I really enjoyed this intriguing story particularly because of its location in the desolate outback of Australia.
The author himself lives in a low population area of Australia with his family.

Aug 20, 2018

This was a great read - Booker-Prize worthy. Should have made the list.

Aug 19, 2018

A gritty and fast-moving tale of brutality and survival, Winton's novel is his best in a line of many good stories. The Western Australia landscape is almost a character unto itself, and the language Winton uses is both inventive and pitch perfect. It is a tough landscape and a tough story - hard to say that I loved it, as it is dark and often scary, but I couldn't put it down.

Jul 24, 2018

Winton has the knack of creating a sense of place that is all-absorbing and realistic. This novel is a work of skillful storytelling by a multi-award winning craftsman. Winton's work is so good on many levels...very highly recommended.

Jul 18, 2018

Everything about this novel is great - the sense of the landscape, the honesty of the characters, the interesting plot. Winton writes about ordinary people with great grace.

robertafsmith Jun 18, 2018

Roberta's Pick: You're right inside the mind of Jaxie as he makes a run from a crime scene through increasingly dry scrub far north of Perth. Tim Winton excels himself in this novel. The setting (I swear it can be smelt), the dialogue (say what you like about Ozzie accents, it is a marvelously inventive language) and the story - where will all of Jaxie's hopes get him?


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