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The Shepherd's Hut
- By: Tim Winton
- Narrated by: Kate Mulvany
- Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
Jaxie Clackton is 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.
What is all the fuss about?
- By Richard Delman on 07-13-18
I was lucky enough to win this book on Goodreads. I knew from the first few pages that it was not going to disappoint, but Jaxie’s slang took some getting used to. And then I thought an audio version of the book might be just what I needed. I am so happy I spent a credit to get this book. Kate Mulvany’s narration is absolutely fantastic! I wasn’t sure what to think when I saw the narrator was female, but she is a gifted narrator and was fully convincing as a 16 year old boy.
I couldn’t recommend this book highly enough. The writing is beautiful and authentic, and very evocative. I have three other books by Tim Winton that have been sitting on my shelves for years and now I wonder what took me so long to discover him. I will most definitely be reading more of him. In the meantime, here’s hoping that the Shepherd’s Hut will make the Booker longlist this year. It is well deserving and a book that will stay with me for a long time.
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