Why Our Staff Love Wimmera:
Wimmera is a coming-of-age novel that starts with an idyllic rural childhood, and the developing mateship of two boys, and then moves into a much darker adulthood.A stranger in town has set off a chain of events with devastating repercussions. There are hidden secrets and vengeance sought. Friends are not what they seem, and regrets and the fear of exposure threaten to tear the town apart. This novel is an astonishing and unsettling debut that is richly evocative of rural Australia, with all its colourful vernacular and social tensions. It may disturb you and stay with you, but you'll not deny the power of the read. Wimmera has been compared to Jane Harper’s “The Dry”and Dennis Lehane’s “Mystic River”.
Wimmera is the 2016 Winner of the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger (UK).
In the long, hot summer of 1989, Ben and Fab are best friends.
Growing up in a small country town, they spend their days playing cricket, yabbying in local dams, wanting a pair of Nike Air Maxes and not talking about how Fab's dad hits him or how the sudden death of Ben's next-door neighbour unsettled him. Almost teenagers, they already know some things are better left unsaid.
Then a newcomer arrived in the Wimmera. Fab reckoned he was a secret agent and he and Ben staked him out. Up close, the man's shoulders were wide and the veins in his arms stuck out, blue and green.
His hands were enormous, red and knotty. He looked strong. Maybe even stronger than Fab's dad. Neither realised the shadow this man would cast over both their lives.
Twenty years later, Fab is still stuck in town, going nowhere but hoping for somewhere better. Then a body is found in the river, and Fab can't ignore the past any more.