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Issue Details: First known date: 2019... 2019 Snake Island
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'Vernon and Penelope never want to see their son Caleb again. Not after he bashed his wife and ended up in gaol. A lifetime of careful parental love wiped out in a moment.

But when Vernon, a retired teacher, hears that Caleb is being regularly visited and savagely beaten by a local criminal as the police stand by, he knows he has to act. What has his life as a father been if he turns his back on his son in his hour of desperate need? He realises with shame that he has grievously failed Caleb. No longer.

To stop the beatings, Vernon plans to approach Ernie Cahill, father of the man bashing Caleb, and head of the local drug-dealing operation. The Cahills run the town and the cops, but Vernon is determined to fix things in a civilised way, father to father. If he shows respect, he reasons, it will be reciprocated. But how wrong he is. 

And what hell will he bring down on his family?

Reading like a morality tale Western but in a starkly beautiful Australian setting, Snake Island is a propulsive literary thriller written with great clarity and power. It will take you to the edge and keep you there long after the final page is turned. '

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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 , 2019 .
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      Extent: 352 p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Published August 2019.

      ISBN: 9781760527235 (pbk)

Other Formats

  • Sound recording.
  • Dyslexic edition.
  • Large print.

Works about this Work

Ordinary Brutality of Life Louise Swinn , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 3 August 2019; (p. 22)

— Review of Fortune Lenny Bartulin , 2019 single work novel ; Snake Island Ben Hobson , 2019 single work novel ; Mother of Pearl Angela Savage , 2019 single work novel

'When Elisabeth and Johannes catch a glimpse of each other through a window at the start of Lenny Bartulin’s Fortune, it’s as if they already know one another. As the novel progresses we follow the separate journeys of these two characters, along with a cast of others, wondering if their paths will cross again.' (Introduction)

Ben Hobson : Snake Island Thuy On , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 24-30 August 2019;

— Review of Snake Island Ben Hobson , 2019 single work novel

'Snake Island’s tone is established in the opening pages when a pelican gasping on the mudf lats is decapitated out of mercy. This uncompromising stance is sustained throughout as Ben Hobson delivers a novel drenched in blood. Darkly lit as though it were a chiaroscuro study of crime and punishment, Hobson’s second book explores generational abuse and retributive action. Violence indeed begets violence, spilling across the path of every unfortunate character.'  (Introduction)

Ben Hobson : Snake Island Thuy On , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 24-30 August 2019;

— Review of Snake Island Ben Hobson , 2019 single work novel

'Snake Island’s tone is established in the opening pages when a pelican gasping on the mudf lats is decapitated out of mercy. This uncompromising stance is sustained throughout as Ben Hobson delivers a novel drenched in blood. Darkly lit as though it were a chiaroscuro study of crime and punishment, Hobson’s second book explores generational abuse and retributive action. Violence indeed begets violence, spilling across the path of every unfortunate character.'  (Introduction)

Ordinary Brutality of Life Louise Swinn , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 3 August 2019; (p. 22)

— Review of Fortune Lenny Bartulin , 2019 single work novel ; Snake Island Ben Hobson , 2019 single work novel ; Mother of Pearl Angela Savage , 2019 single work novel

'When Elisabeth and Johannes catch a glimpse of each other through a window at the start of Lenny Bartulin’s Fortune, it’s as if they already know one another. As the novel progresses we follow the separate journeys of these two characters, along with a cast of others, wondering if their paths will cross again.' (Introduction)

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