by Catherine Jinks
27 FEBRUARY 2020

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Pub Date: 27 February, 2020
Extent: 240pp
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925773835
Rights: World: Text Publishing

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My father trained me to silence the way he trained his dogs, with food and a cane. Speech, he said, was poison. It scared the game, alerted the gamekeepers and betrayed your friends and family.

Tom Clay was a poacher back in Suffolk. He was twelve when he was caught, tried and transported to New South Wales.

Now, assigned to a shepherds’ hut out west, he is a boy among violent men. He keeps his counsel and watches over his sheep; he steers clear of blowhards like the new man, Rowdy Cavanagh. He is alert to danger, knowing he is a foreigner here: that the land resists his understanding.

The question is: how fast can he learn?

Because a vicious killer named Dan Carver is coming for Tom and Rowdy. And if Tom can’t outwit Carver in the bush – and convince Rowdy to keep his stupid mouth shut – their deaths will be swift and cruel.

This riveting, fast-paced new novel from the multi-award-winning Catherine Jinks brings the brutality and courage of Australia’s colonial frontier vividly to life – and sees one of our master storytellers at the peak of her powers.


Shepherd is the latest addition to the Australian outback horror genre and will appeal to readers of Jock Serong and Garry Disher.’ Readings

‘Fast-paced, emotional, frightening and full of detail, it’s history made as entertaining and as gripping as a night at the movies.’ Australian Women’s Weekly on The Dark Mountain

’I’ve always thought there should be more outback horror and Catherine Jinks has come up with the goods.’ Age on The Road