Winner of The 2021 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript
Love, friendship and hope are often found in the strangest places, but forgiveness is never simple, and the past lies buried just beneath the blood red topsoil. The only question is whether Hoyle should uncover it, or run as fast as his legs can take him.
Banjawarn is an unsettling debut from Josh Kemp. Echoing Cormac McCarthy’s haunting border trilogy and narrative vernacular that recalls the sparse lyricism of Randolph Stow and Tim Winton, this is a darkly funny novel that earns its place amongst the stable of Australian gothic literature.
The conflation of violence and justice here is very like a western, as the boundaries between good and evil shimmer and dissolve.
Kemp writes with a compelling voice, the kind you want to follow into dark places, no matter how gruesome things get.
- Jennifer Mills, Australian Book Review
Kemp’s Banjawarn is a lucid dream steeped in unsparing and poetic Australian gothic prose, mapping a “road trip from hell” that goes the long way up to the light.
An impressive, propulsive debut laced with dark humour and a menacing undercurrent of violence that builds towards a brutal, vividly rendered conclusion.
- Gemma Nisbet, The West Australian
PUBLICATION DATE: February 7, 2022
GENRE: Fiction, gothic/thriller
EXTENT: 451 pages
SIZE: C format paperback, 234 x 156 mm