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The Town

The Town

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ISBN
9780571345625
Published
01/08/2019
9780571345625
Format
Paperback
Price
£8.99
Paperback
256

About the Book

In an unnamed, dead-end town in the heart of the outback, a young writer arrives to research small settlements that have vanished into oblivion. He finds the town’s hotel empty of guests, the train station without trains, and the local bus circling its route without picking up any passengers. The townsfolk themselves have collective amnesia and show an aggressive distrust towards outsiders. The town is in decline, but the writer didn’t expect it to be literally disappearing before his eyes: an epidemic of mysterious holes is threatening the town’s very existence, plunging him into an abyss of weirdness from which he may never return.
In an unnamed, dead-end town in the heart of the outback, a young writer arrives to research small settlements that have vanished into oblivion. He finds the town’s hotel empty of guests, the train station without trains, and the local bus circling its route without picking up any passengers. The townsfolk themselves have collective amnesia and show an aggressive distrust towards outsiders. The town is in decline, but the writer didn’t expect it to be literally disappearing before his eyes: an epidemic of mysterious holes is threatening the town’s very existence, plunging him into an abyss of weirdness from which he may never return.
“The sense of some deeply melancholic encounter haunts the pages of Australian writer Shaun Prescott’s winningly glum novel, aided by elegiac musings on belonging and estrangement, growth and decay, places and voids, portals and dead-ends . . . It’s an engaging, provoking novel . . . intelligently alive to its own metaphorical possibilities, and leaving behind a powerful vision of the world ending, not with a bang, but a whimper.”
- James Lasdun, Guardian
“Characters speak with artful banality, while realism is mixed with absurdist elements: a hotel without guests, a train that doesn’t go anywhere, a bus without passengers. In its best moments, it conjures a remote, inward-facing landscape that carries disaffection, loneliness and darker forces beneath.”
- Arifa Akbar, Observer

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