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Australia, 1919. Quinn Walker returns from the Great War to the New South Wales town of Flint: the birthplace he fled ten years earlier when he was accused of a heius act. Aware of the townsmen's vow to hang him, Quinn takes to the surrounding hills. Here, deciding upon his plan of action, and questioning just what he has returned for, he meets Sadie Fox. This mysterious girl seems to kw, and share, his darkest fear. And, as their bond greatens, Quinn learns what he must do to lay the ghosts of his past, and Sadie's present, to rest.
Chris Womersley was born in Melbourne in 1968. His fiction and reviews have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Granta New Writing and The Age. Bereft is his second novel.
Winner of Australian Independent Booksellers Indie Awards: Fiction 2011 and ABIA Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2011. Shortlisted for Australian Literature Society Gold Medal 2011 and Miles Franklin Literary Award 2011 and Ned Kelly Awards for Australian Crime Writing: Best Crime Novel 2011. Long-listed for CWA Gold Dagger for Fiction 2012.