Meet tomorrow’s biggest authors today as we shine a spotlight on debut Australian authors.
Established in 2014, the KYD First Book Club partners with local publishers to each month promote a new release debut book of fiction or non-fiction that KYD is gunning for everyone to read!
Through a series of events, online content, podcast coverage and profiles, the KYD First Book Club encourages wide-ranging and long-lasting conversations about these authors and their books both on and off the screen.
November First Book Club: Lois Murphy’s Soon
Our First Book Club pick for November is Lois Murphy’s Soon (Transit Lounge), a literary thriller set in Nebulah, a near-deserted mining town in the middle of nowhere, whose days of mining and farming prosperity – if they ever truly existed – are long gone. Yet for Pete, an ex-policeman, Milly, Li and a small band of others, it’s the only place they have ever felt at home. One winter solstice the birds disappear. A strange, residual and mysterious mist arrives. It is a real and potent force, yet also emblematic of the complacency and unease that afflicts so many of our small towns, and the country that Murphy knows so well.
Partly inspired by the true story of Wittenoom, the ill-fated West Australian asbestos town, Soon is the story of the death of a haunted town, and the plight of the people who either won’t or simply can’t abandon all they have ever had. With finely wrought characters and brilliant storytelling, it is a taut and original novel, where the people we come to know and those who are drawn to the town’s intrigue must ultimately fight for survival.
Watch out for more on the novel on our website and podcast throughout November!