Adrian Turpin

Redemption Songs

The Shepherd’s Hut


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Here are two things to know about Jaxie Clackton, the unstoppable teenage hero of Tim Winton’s new novel. He once bashed a sackful of kittens to death but, at heart, he’s a decent boy. That’s the paradox central to The Shepherd’s Hut, an exhilarating and surprisingly uplifting exploration of what its author calls ‘toxic masculinity’, set against the awe-inspiring landscapes of Western Australia’s gold fields and saltpans.

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