“A stark, harrowing, yet deeply courageous work of immense power and magnitude.”—Quadrant
Homeless and alone, a disturbed youth drifts between town and the Australian outback, growing increasingly isolated and distrustful in a society lacking the means and seemingly the will to help him. He is coerced by strange voices and haunted by a history of family violence. This compelling coming-of-age novel tells Peter Kocan’s own story, offering us an intimate portrait of the dark forces at work in the evolution of a loner. “No more authentic study of this type of loner exists,” wrote the Times, naming Fresh Fields book of the year in 2005. “Taxi Driver is a melodrama by comparison.”
Peter Kocan was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, in 1947 and grew up in Melbourne. He left school at fourteen to work on country New South Wales properties and in factory jobs. He served a decade in custody for a shooting offence and it was then that he began to write. He has published three previous novels and five collections of verse.