"A bleak and brilliant performance" - Sydney Morning Herald
Winner of Indie Award for Best Fiction
Winner ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year
Shortlisted for UK Golden Dagger Award
Shortlisted for Miles Franklin Award
Shortlisted for ASL Gold Medal for Literature
Shortlisted for Ned Kelly Award for Fiction
Shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year
Longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Award
1919. The Great War has ended, but the Spanish flu epidemic is raging through Australia. Schools are closed, state borders are guarded by armed men, and train travel is severely restricted. There are rumours it is the end of the world.
In the NSW town of Flint, Quinn Walker returns to the home he fled ten years earlier when he was accused of an unspeakable crime. Aware that his father and uncle would surely hang him, Quinn hides in the hills surrounding Flint. There, he meets a mysterious young girl called Sadie Fox, who encourages him to seek justice — and seems to know more about the crime than she should.
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