Leaving Owl Creek, Sandy Gordon
Publication February 2022
“A wise and beautiful book about the quest for honour, truth and love.” David Marr
“A classic Australian story of great ambition and sweep.” John Clanchy
“Sandy Gordon’s novel is a snapshot of post-war Australia, with its country-town gentry and Catholic socialists, with its cities where young intellectuals were learning to drink, to protest the Vietnam war, take on big ideas, and take the most dangerous drugs. Sometimes with grim luck they’d find their way to love or something near it. How do we hold on to a youthful vision? How can we know how far we’ve compromised our best self before it’s too late? And what do you do when you discover you’re after all no smarter, no wiser, and almost no different from what you turned away from in your parents? It’s a novel for grown-ups about growing up—tough, true and vulnerable. Each character glows with life…’ Kevin Brophy
In Whom We Trust, John Clanchy
Shortlisted for the 2020 ACT Book of the Year award.
“Masterful” writing with “well-developed characters”. The judges of the ACT Book of the Year Award
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.
“One of Australia’s most stimulating contemporary writers.” Canberra Times
“That Clanchy can make such subject matter both engrossing and deeply moving is down to his writing and his understanding of humanity. In Whom We Trust is a powerful and wonderful read.” Whispering Gums
“There is a quiet discipline to this art that resists the potentially sensational nature of its subject.” Australian Book Review
“If the content in this deeply moral, and quietly devastating, period drama feels utterly topical, the atmosphere, dialogue and characters are all imagined with a flair for historical authenticity.” Pick of The Week, Sydney Morning Herald
246pp Paperback with dust jacket