To Name Those Lost
A novel of a father and son in search of each other on the Australian frontier of the 1870s: "Brutal, brilliant, beautiful" (Minneapolis Star-Tribune).
It is the summer of 1874. Launceston, a colonial outpost on the southern Australian island of Tasmania, hovers on the brink of anarchy, teeming with revolutionaries, convicts, drunks, crooked cops, and poor strugglers looking for a break. Outlaw Thomas Toosey races to this dangerous bedlam to find his motherless twelve-year-old son before the city swallows the child whole, but he is pursued by more than just the law. Hindering his progress at every turn is a man to whom he owes a terrible debt: the vengeful Irishman Fitheal Flynn, whose hooded companion hides a grotesque secret . . .
Based on real events, this prize-winning novel of vengeance and redemption, set against the sweeping, merciless grandeur of the frontier, "brings to mind the prose of Cormac McCarthy, Joseph Conrad and William Faulkner [and] catapults us into the vicious, impoverished world of a colonial town in Tasmania" (Minneapolis Star-Tribune).
"Readers who admired the propulsive plotting, atmospheric sense of place, and fierce family loyalty in Patrick DeWitt'sThe Sisters Brothers and Cormac McCarthy'sThe Road should be equally taken with Wilson's superb novel. Highly recommended."--Library Journal (starred review)
Winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award and the Adelaide Festival Award for Best Novel
Publication Date: 01-Oct-2014
Publisher: Allen & Unwin