The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton
A Novel

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews

...turns once again to the dark side of the Antipodean dream...Winton’s story is worthy of a Peckinpah film—and splendidly written, if disturbing to the core.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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 Tim Winton

See more books from this Author
Tim Winton has published twenty books for adults and children, and his work has been translated into twenty-five 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.
 
Published June 19, 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The Shepherd's Hut
All: 3 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
on May 28 2018

...turns once again to the dark side of the Antipodean dream...Winton’s story is worthy of a Peckinpah film—and splendidly written, if disturbing to the core.

Read Full Review of The Shepherd's Hut: A Novel | See more reviews from Kirkus

Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Malcolm Forbes on Jun 15 2018

Equally impressive is Winton’s depiction of place — whether bland wheat belt or barren salt lands, a prospector’s shack or a shepherd’s hut. With the roos and euros, mulga and kurrajongs — not to mention the durries and frangers — an entire other world comes vibrantly alive.

Read Full Review of The Shepherd's Hut: A Novel | See more reviews from Star Tribune

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Rachel Seiffert on Jun 27 2018

These qualifications are necessary, but they still feel like impositions on the narrative: the temporal world elbowing its way into the eternal.

Read Full Review of The Shepherd's Hut: A Novel | See more reviews from Guardian

Reader Rating for The Shepherd's Hut
85%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 19 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×