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Issue Details: First known date: 2013 2013
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'The thought was coming more often. That wherever he was, he was at the centre of a cage. He couldn't have said when the notion first entered his head. Some time in the last months. It was more now than a notion, he could see the damn bars. They were grey steel, the height of a man on horseback. In a dream he'd ridden out of a clump of boulders and caught them just before they retreated, how he knew what they looked like.

'It is 1865. For three years Ben Hall and the men riding with him have been lords of every road in mid-western New South Wales from Bathurst to Goulburn, Lambing Flat to Forbes. But with the Harbourers' Act made law, coach escorts armed now with the new Colt revolving rifle, and mailbags more often containing cheques than banknotes, being game is no longer enough. The road of negotiated surrender is closed. Jack Gilbert has shot dead a police sergeant at Jugiong. Constable Nelson, father of eight, lies buried at Collector, killed by John Dunn. Neither time did Ben pull the fatal trigger, but he too will hang if ever the three are taken. Harry Hall is seven. Ben has not seen the boy since his wife Biddy left to live with another man, taking Harry with her. The need to see his son, to be in some way a father again, has grown urgent. But how much time is left before the need to give the game away and disappear becomes the greater urgency?

'A spare, epic work of haunting beauty that breathes life back into legend and confirms Shearston as one of Australia's finest writers.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: for Corin

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2013 .
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      Image courtesy of Allen & Unwin
      Extent: 327p.
      Note/s:
      • Published August 2013
      ISBN: 9781743315217

Works about this Work

Reimagining Famous Lives Diane Stubbings , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 27-28 July 2013; (p. 20)

— Review of Game Trevor Shearston 2013 single work novel
Trevor Shearston : Game Michael Jongen , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , August 2013;

— Review of Game Trevor Shearston 2013 single work novel
[Untitled] Katharine England , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 19 October vol. 19 October no. 2013; (p. 20)

— Review of Game Trevor Shearston 2013 single work novel
Review : Game Jenny Summerville , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Good Reading , August 2013; (p. 35)

— Review of Game Trevor Shearston 2013 single work novel
Reimagining Famous Lives Diane Stubbings , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 27-28 July 2013; (p. 20)

— Review of Game Trevor Shearston 2013 single work novel
Trevor Shearston : Game Michael Jongen , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , August 2013;

— Review of Game Trevor Shearston 2013 single work novel
[Untitled] Katharine England , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 19 October vol. 19 October no. 2013; (p. 20)

— Review of Game Trevor Shearston 2013 single work novel
Review : Game Jenny Summerville , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Good Reading , August 2013; (p. 35)

— Review of Game Trevor Shearston 2013 single work novel
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