Jaxie dreads going home. His mum?s dead. The old man bashes him without mercy, and he wishes he was an orphan. But no one?s ever told Jaxie Clackton to be careful what he wishes for. In one terrible moment his life is stripped to little more than what he can carry and how he can keep himself alive. There?s just one person left in the world who understands him and what he still dares to hope for. But to reach her he?ll have to cross the vast saltlands on a trek that only a dreamer or a fugitive would attempt. The Shepherd?s Hutis a searing look at what it takes to keep love and hope alive in a parched and brutal world.
A rifle-shot of a novel - crisp, fast, shocking - The Shepherd's Hut is an urgent masterpiece about solitude, unlikely friendship, and the raw business of survival.
“I will never be able to unhear the voice of young Jaxie Clackton, plangent and profane, who is destined to become one of the greatest characters in Australian literature.” --Geraldine Brooks
'A page-turning heartbreaker' Emma Donoghue, author of Room
'Wonderful. Brutal, agonizing, tender' Sarah Winman, author of When God Was a Rabbit