Denizen: Winner of the Penguin Literary Prize by James McKenzie Watson


A rural thriller from the winner of the 2021 Penguin Literary Prize.

A gothic thriller exploring rural Australia’s simultaneous celebration of harsh country and stoic people – a tension that forces its inhabitants to dangerous breaking points.

On a remote property in western NSW, nine-year-old Parker fears that something is wrong with his brain. His desperate attempts to control this internal chaos spark a series of events that gallop from his control in deadly and devastating ways.

Years later, Parker, now a father himself, returns to the bushland he grew up in for a camping trip with old friends. When this reunion descends into chaos amid revelations of unresolved fear, guilt and violence, Parker must finally address the consequences of his childhood actions.

Find out more about our upcoming event with James McKenzie Watson here: Denizen with James McKenzie Watson in conversation with RWR McDonald – Bookshop Event.