The Shepherd's Hut: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Tim Winton is the master of readable Australian fiction. He employs crude Aussie slang and describes a Western Australian landscape that is so foreign to most Americans it might as well be Mars. Yet, readers can visualize the harsh terrain that attempts to throttle traumatized teen Jaxie Clackton with stunning clarity. The scarred youth goes on a journey to escape and reunite with the one person who understands him. Along the way Jaxie gets sidetracked by a curious character, an old Irish priest, living alone in the middle of alien salt flats. Winton's lyrical writing is subtle but precise, he paints a sweeping picture of an awkward male relationship that starts with suspicion, fear, and revulsion and develops into...something. Friendship? Redemption? It's up to the reader to decide in this quiet meditation on masculinity and salvation. — From Camilla's Picks (page 2)


From Tim Winton, Australia’s most decorated and beloved novelist and the author of Cloudstreet, comes The Shepherd’s Hut, the story of a young man on a thrilling journey of self-discovery in one of the harshest, near-uninhabitable climates on Earth.

Tim Winton is Australia’s most decorated and beloved novelist. Short-listed twice for the Booker Prize and the winner of a record four Miles Franklin Literary Awards for Best Australian Novel, he has a gift for language virtually unrivaled among writers in English. His work is both tough and tender, primordial and new—always revealing the raw, instinctual drives that lure us together and rend us apart.

In The Shepherd’s Hut, Winton crafts the story of Jaxie Clackton, 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. The Shepherd’s Hut is a thrilling tale of unlikely friendship and yearning, at once brutal and lyrical, from one of our finest storytellers.

About the Author

Tim Winton is widely considered one of the greatest living Australian writers. He has published numerous books, and his work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. Since his first novel, An Open Swimmer, won the Australian/Vogel Award in 1981, he has won the Miles Franklin Award four times (for Shallows, Cloudstreet, Dirt Music, and Breath) and twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize (for The Riders and Dirt Music). He lives in Western Australia.

Praise For…

"A mournful and fast-paced journey into the life of a young man on his own . . . Winton’s novel is alive with pain and suffering, but it is also full of moments of grace and small acts of kindness. Gorgeously written and taut with eloquent, edgy suspense, Jaxie’s journey is a portrait of young manhood amidst extreme conditions, both inward and outward." —Publisher's Weekly, starred review

"Winton thrusts the reader into the barren and unforgiving salt land in western Australia . . . An absolute thrill to read.” —Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374262327
ISBN-10: 0374262322
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: June 19th, 2018
Pages: 288
Language: English