By Paul Howarth
Set within the searing, abandoned outback of nineteenth century Australia, a strong debut novel approximately kinfolk, empire and race
One hot day in Australia's abandoned outback, Tommy McBride and his brother Billy go back domestic to find that their mom and dad were brutally murdered.
Distraught and determined for revenge, the younger males set out looking for the killers. however the yr is 1885, and the one guy who will help them is the crafty and ruthless John Sullivan – prosperous landowner and their father's former employer.
Rallying a posse of guys, Sullivan defers to the lethal Inspector Noone and his Queensland local Police - an notorious arm of colonial energy whose sole function is the 'dispersal' of Indigenous Australians in 'protection' of settler rights. The retribution that follows will go away an enduring scar at the colony and the rustic it later turns into. it's going to additionally hang-out Tommy for the remainder of his life.
Set opposed to Australia's stunningly harsh landscapes, Only Killers and Thieves is a compelling, devastating novel approximately cruelty and survival, injustice and honour - and approximately brothers united in grief, then ceaselessly torn apart.
Paul Howarth used to be born and grew up within the united kingdom ahead of relocating to Melbourne in his past due twenties. He lived in Australia for over six years, won dual-citizenship in 2012, and now lives in Norwich together with his family members. He graduated from the UEA inventive Writing MA in 2015 and used to be offered the Malcolm Bradbury Scholarship. Only Killers and Thieves is his first novel.
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Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth