Internationally bestselling master storyteller, Tim Winton joins us on a rare visit from his native Australia with a tender and heartbreaking new novel, The Shepherd’s Hut. It tells the brutal story of Jaxie, a boy on the run from his past, and explores the way love and hate combine to form a young man’s beliefs. There’s just one person in the world who understands Jaxie, but to reach her he’ll have to cross the vast saltlands of Western Australia. It is a place that harbours criminals and threatens to kill those who haven’t reckoned with its hot, waterless vastness. This is a journey only a dreamer – or a fugitive – would attempt.
Fierce and lyrical, The Shepherd’s Hut is a story of survival, solitude and unlikely friendship. Tim Winton delivers a raw meditation on masculinity and power, violence and self-restraint, and on forgiveness and kindness as the ultimate acts of love.