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Univ. of Queensland Press, 2011 - Fiction - 255 pages
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From the much-loved author of Shadowboxing comes a stunning debut novel in the spirit of Honey Brown and Chris Womersley. From the moment he saw her, wrapped in a blanket at the hospital, Jesse knew that he'd be the one to look after his little sister, Rachel. Mum was always on the move and always bringing home trouble. When his mum's appetite for destruction leads the little family into the arms of Ray Crow, beneath the charm and charisma, Jesse sees the brooding violence and knows that, this time, the trouble is real. But Jesse is just a kid and even as he tries to save his sister, he makes a fatal error that exposes them to the kind of danger he has sworn to protect Rachel from. As their little world is torn to pieces, the children learn that, when you are lost and alone, the only thing you can trust is what's in your blood. Blood is an epic moral fable, a gothic odyssey set on the back roads of Australia. In understated prose touched with poetry, it finds tenderness in a world without sanctuary and the strength of innocence amidst violence and genuine evil.

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The writing is first rate but the story is depressing and the mother Gwen, is not a character you want to see succeed , quite the opposite, the rest of the story centers on Jesse and his sister ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Tony Birch was born in 1957 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He studied at the University of Melbourne and has a PhD in Urban cultures and histories. He is a poet, short story writer and novelist. Some of his work includes the novels Blood (2011), and Ghost River which won the 2016 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Indigenous Writing. His three short story collections are Shadowboxing (2006), Father's Day (2009) and The Promise (2014). He is also a contributor to ABC local and national radio and a regular guest at writers' festivals, and is a Senior Research Fellow at Victoria University.

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