Storyland

by Catherine McKinnon

On Sale: 01/04/2017

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About the Book

An ambitious, remarkable and moving novel about who we are: our past, present and future, and our connection to this land.

In 1796, a young cabin boy, Will Martin, goes on a voyage of discovery in the Tom Thumb with Matthew Flinders and Mr Bass: two men and a boy in a tiny boat on an exploratory journey south from Sydney Cove to the Illawarra, full of hope and dreams, daring and fearfulness.

Set on the banks of Lake Illawarra and spanning four centuries, Storyland is a unique and compelling novel of people and place - which tells in essence the story of Australia. Told in an unfurling narrative of interlinking stories, in a style reminiscent of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, McKinnon weaves together the stories of Will Martin together with the stories of four others: a desperate ex-convict, Hawker, who commits an act of terrible brutality; Lola, who in 1900 runs a dairy farm on the Illawarra with her brother and sister, when they come under suspicion for a crime they did not commit; Bel, a young girl who goes on a rafting adventure with her friends in 1998 and is unexpectedly caught up in violent events; and in 2033, Nada, who sees her world start to crumble apart. Intriguingly, all these characters are all connected - not only through the same land and water they inhabit over the decades, but also by tendrils of blood, history, memory and property...

Compelling, thrilling and ambitious, Storyland is our story, the story of Australia. 'The land is a book waiting to be read' as one of the characters says - and this novel tells us an unforgettable and unputdownable story of our history, our present and our future.

'A beautifully woven story ... a devastating retelling of man's effect on the land and the native people, and offers a chilling insight into what may come to pass with climate change. Storyland is reminiscent of Patrick White's A Fringe of Leaves, Kate Grenville's The Secret River and The Lieutenant ... and even, dare I say, a bit of Tim Winton's Cloudstreet.' Books+Publishing 'Impressive ... a haunted and haunting power' The Australian 'Breathtaking ... simply stunning.' Herald Sun 'This is a book I will return to multiple times, both for its beauty and subtlety and for the sheer pleasure of experiencing the world it reflects.' Otago Daily Times 'Storyland is a worthy contender for the Great Australian Novel - encompassing, ambitious' Readings 'It just might be the real story of Australia' Qantas Magazine

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781460752326
  • ISBN 10: 1460752325
  • Imprint: 4th Estate - AU
  • On Sale: 01/04/2017
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price: 27.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Biography

Award-winning playwright and novelist, Catherine McKinnon studied theatre performance and cinema at Flinders University, and worked for the Red Shed Theatre and later the State Theatre Company as a theatre director and writer. Her play Tilt was selected for the 2010 National Playwriting Festival, and As I Lay Dreaming won the 2010 Mitch Matthews Award. Her short stories, reviews and articles have appeared in Transnational Literature, Text Journal, RealTime, Narrative and Griffith Review. Most recently, McKinnon, along with four other writers, won the Griffith Review Novella 111 Award, 2015, and her novella 'Will Martin' was published by Griffith Review in October of that year. She currently lectures in Performance and Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong. Her novel Storyland was published by HarperCollins in 2017.


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Saturday, August 26

CATHERINE MCKINNON @ THIRROUL READERS & WRITER'S FESTIVAL by Catherine McKinnon will be featured on/at:

Thirroul District Library and Community Centre 352 - 360 Lawrence Hargrave Drive Thirroul NSW 2515


Saturday, September 2

CATHERINE MCKINNON @ Wollongong Library by Catherine McKinnon will be featured on/at:

Wollongong Central Library 41 Burelli Street Wollongong, NSW 2500


Friday, September 8

Catherine McKinnon @ Brisbane Writers Festival by Catherine McKinnon will be featured on/at:

Annerley Library, 450 Ipswich Road, Annerley QLD 4103


Saturday, September 9

Catherine McKinnon @ Brisbane Writer's Festival by Catherine McKinnon will be featured on/at:

Auditorium 2, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane, QLD, 4101


Sunday, September 10

Catherine McKinnon @ Brisbane Writer's Festival by Catherine McKinnon will be featured on/at:

QAG Lecture Theatre, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane, QLD, 4101


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