The Windy Season

The Windy Season 1

by Sam Carmody

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 27/07/2016

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**Winner of the 2017 Readings New Australian Fiction Award**

From an impressive new voice in Australian literature, a novel where safe harbour seems always just out of reach.

A young fisherman is missing from the crayfish boats in the West Australian town of Stark. There's no trace at all of Elliot, there hasn't been for some weeks and Paul, his younger brother, is the only one who seems to be active in the search. Taking Elliot's place on the boat skippered by their troubled cousin, Paul soon learns how many opportunities there are to get lost in those many thousands of kilometres of lonely coastline.

Fierce, evocative and memorable, this is an Australian story set within an often wild and unforgiving sea, where mysterious influences are brought to bear on the inhospitable town and its residents.

"Sam Carmody is a real literary talent, with an artist's inquiring mind and a natural feel for the beauty and toughness of language." - Charlotte Wood, author of the award-winning The Natural Way of Things

ISBN:
9781760111564
9781760111564
Category:
Fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
27-07-2016
Publisher:
ALLEN & UNWIN
Country of origin:
Australia
Edition:
1st Edition
Pages:
344
Dimensions (mm):
234x153mm

Sam Carmody

Sam Carmody is a writer and award-winning musician from the mid-west town of Geraldton on the central coast of Western Australia. He is also a previous recipient of the Mary Grant Bruce Award as part of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) National Literary Awards and his short fiction and non-fiction have been published widely online and in print.

Carmody's first novel, The Windy Season, was shortlisted for the 2014 Australian/Vogel's literary Award. He is currently living in Darwin on Australia's Northern Territory coast lecturing in creative writing at the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Higher Education.

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  • Impressive Aussie Debut

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    Here is a great new voice in Australian literature with an intriguing narrative set deep in the endless stretches of Western Australia’s coastline. Sam has nailed the mindset of 17-year-old, Paul, who finds himself without place our purpose after the disappearance of his older brother weeks ago. Using that as a platform, the author invites the reader into the ugly stasis of an impoverished coastal fishing town to meet all the unlikely shades of human that are hosted within.

    The minimal Aussie dialogue in this book is a real treat for readers, a kind of throwback to early Winton books. The way the narrative leaves behind the mystery and makes character the focus of the novel is a brave direction and one that benefits the work. Sam Carmody is a name to look out for.