Publication: 26 September 2019
“One of Australia’s most stimulating contemporary writers.” Canberra Times
Although set a hundred years ago, John Clanchy’s new novel powerfully captures the devastating and persistent reality of a fundamental flaw in the role of our major institutions. Central to In Whom We Trust is James Pearse, an essentially good but circumstantially weak man, who is forced to examine his role at the St Barnabas Home for Children, an orphanage that has betrayed the individuals entrusted to its care. He must face the devastating wider consequences of a life of moral equivocation.
Clanchy has been writing fiction for forty years—In Whom We Trust is his twelfth book—and has won numerous local, state, national and international awards for his novels, novellas and short stories.
246pp $28.00 Paperback with dust jacket
Some review comments on Clanchy’s writing:
“Clanchy presents moral dilemmas with a clear eye… He writes as if both words and people are important to him.” The Age
“Clanchy has …psychological acuity, stylistic variety and an unpretentious and justified confidence in his story-telling gifts.” The Canberra Times, Brisbane Times
“…moments of humour form a perfect counterbalance to the more serious content found… Expertly told, without a false note.” Australian Book Review
“Writing that glows with the reassuring light of Clanchy’s compassion and humanity.” The West Australian
“Flawless and heartbreaking…” The Weekend Australian
“Tough, true, funny and poignant…” Australian Book Review