Chris Womersley's debut novel, The Low Road, won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Book in 2008.
Battered and disfigured from fighting at Gallipoli, Quinn Walker heads back to his drought-stricken hometown in New South Wales once World War I is over. No jubilant homecoming awaits him, however, for ten years earlier at age 16 he fled after being accused of his sister's murder. Now his mother lies dying of the Spanish influenza that is rampaging across the world, and he must visit her secretly to avoid being chased down and hung. Australian Womersley (The Low Road) tells an unremittingly bleak story steeped in gothic traditions. Narrator Dan Wyllie's Australian accent anchors the somewhat ghostly events in reality. Though at times difficult to listen to, this audiobook will appeal to readers interested in rural Australian life following World War I.-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.