Denizen: Winner of the Penguin Literary Prize

Denizen: Winner of the Penguin Literary Prize

3.98 (207 ratings by Goodreads)
  • Paperback
3.98 (207 ratings by Goodreads)
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A rural thriller from the winner of the 2021 Penguin Literary Prize.

This novel is bound to get book clubs talking.

This is a not-to-be-missed reading experience.

'Unquestionably is one of the best novels by an Australian author in recent times. It is spellbinding, credible and very cleverly constructed.'

A 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 154 x 234 x 27mm | 470g
  • Viking Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • 1761046101
  • 9781761046100
  • 20,937

About James McKenzie Watson

Winner of the 2021 Penguin Literary Prize, James McKenzie Watson writes short and novel-length fiction with a focus on health and rural Australia. Denizen was informed by his upbringing in regional NSW. James co-hosts the health and writing podcast James and Ashley Stay at Home and works as a nurse.
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Rating details

207 ratings
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