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Sydney launch of Shaun Prescott’s ‘The Town’
August 10 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+10
Join Brow Books (the new books imprint from The Lifted Brow) and Shaun Prescott at Better Read Than Dead for the Sydney launch of his novel THE TOWN. Local author Vanessa Berry will officially launch this remarkable novel into the world. It’s free to attend, the drinks are on us, and the novel can be purchased on the night.
Shaun Prescott’s debut novel THE TOWN follows an unnamed narrator’s efforts to complete a book about disappeared towns in the Central West of New South Wales. Set in a yet-to-disappear town in the region—a town believed by its inhabitants to have no history at all—the novel traces its characters’ attempts to carve their own identities in a place that is both unyielding and teetering on the edge of oblivion.
With this much-anticipated and utterly unique debut novel, Shaun Prescott announces himself as a compelling new voice in Australian literature. THE TOWN is magnetic, revealing the true depth of Australia: the good, the bad, and the captivatingly ugly.
“A bizarre novel—a séance for Kafka, Walser and Calvino—that tackles the ever-disappearing boundaries between youth and aging, between music and silence, the past and present. In a spry and lonely voice, Shaun Prescott has written an ominous work of absurdity.”
—Catherine Lacey, author of Nobody Is Ever Missing
and The Answers
“Mind-bending, often hilarious, sometimes heart-wrenchingly sad, THE TOWN is one of the most original and exhilarating Australian novels I’ve read.”
—Wayne Macauley, author of Some Tests, Demons, The Cook,
Caravan Story, and Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe
“THE TOWN is understated but compelling; the narrator’s deadpan voice recalls the lone existentialist figures of Sartre’s Nausea and Camus’ The Outsider, but contrasts this with a dream logic reminiscent of Twin Peaks. This is hypnotic literary fiction for readers who make as much meaning from a McDonald’s car park as the Sydney Harbour Bridge.”
—Sarah Farquharson, Books+Publishing