The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton- Our Review
2019 of the Voss Literary Prize
The Shepherd’s Hut is a book that roars. It grabs you by the throat and renders you just about breathless until its shattering end.
Teenager Jaxie Clackton has always had a tumultuous life. Living on the margins, he doesn’t expect much from any adult, be they parent, teacher or shopkeeper. So when a tragic accident kills his father, he takes off into the desolate Australian bush heading for the one person who understands him.
“Hoofing it like a dirty goat,” he is almost at his wits end when he comes across a rugged hermit living on the fringes of a great salt lake.
Their mutual distrust and unavoidable liking for each other is like a dance that is both beautiful and heartbreaking.
This is a raw magnificent read, in our opinion, one of Tim Winton’s best novels yet.
Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books