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Issue Details: First known date: 2022... 2022 Banjawarn
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'Garreth Hoyle is a true crime writer whose destructive love affair with hallucinogenic drugs has sent him searching for ghosts in the unforgiving mallee desert of Western Australia. Heading north through Kalgoorlie, he attempts to score off old friends from his shearing days on Banjawarn Station. His journey takes an unexpected detour when he discovers an abandoned ten-year-old girl and decides to return her to her estranged father in Leonora, instead of alerting authorities. Together they begin the road trip from hell through the scorched heart of the state’s northern goldfields.

'Love, friendship and hope are often found in the strangest places, but forgiveness is never simple, and the past lies buried just beneath the blood red topsoil. The only question is whether Hoyle should uncover it, or run as fast as his legs can take him.

'Banjawarn is an unsettling debut from Josh Kemp. Echoing Cormac McCarthy’s haunting border trilogy and narrative vernacular that recalls the sparse lyricism of Randolph Stow and Tim Winton, this is a darkly funny novel that earns its place amongst the stable of Australian gothic literature.' (Publication summary)

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    • Crawley, Inner Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: UWA Publishing , 2022 .
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      Extent: 451p.
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      • Published February 7, 2022
      ISBN: 9781760802141

Works about this Work

y separately published work icon Josh Kemp and Australian Gothic Fiction Astrid Edwards (interviewer), Melbourne : Bad Producer Productions , 2022 24385104 2022 single work podcast interview 'Josh Kemp writes Australian gothic fiction. Banjawarn, joint winner of the 2021 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, is his stunning debut novel. His short stories have been published by Kill Your Darlings, Overland, Seizure, Tincture and Breach. He’s previously been shortlisted for the Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award and longlisted for the Fogarty Literary Award.' 
The Push-pull of the Past : A Hypnotic Trip into Outback Gothic Jennifer Mills , 2022 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 441 2022; (p. 33)

— Review of Banjawarn Joshua Kemp , 2022 single work novel

'The latest in a new crop of outback gothic fiction, Josh Kemp’s début has everything readers have come to expect from the genre. There’s a messed-up bloke with a past. There’s a lost girl, ten years old and traumatised. There’s plenty of guilt and shame, damaged landscapes, haunted houses, injecting drug use, altered states, brutal acts of violence, and of course, there is the road.' (Introduction)

The Push-pull of the Past : A Hypnotic Trip into Outback Gothic Jennifer Mills , 2022 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 441 2022; (p. 33)

— Review of Banjawarn Joshua Kemp , 2022 single work novel

'The latest in a new crop of outback gothic fiction, Josh Kemp’s début has everything readers have come to expect from the genre. There’s a messed-up bloke with a past. There’s a lost girl, ten years old and traumatised. There’s plenty of guilt and shame, damaged landscapes, haunted houses, injecting drug use, altered states, brutal acts of violence, and of course, there is the road.' (Introduction)

y separately published work icon Josh Kemp and Australian Gothic Fiction Astrid Edwards (interviewer), Melbourne : Bad Producer Productions , 2022 24385104 2022 single work podcast interview 'Josh Kemp writes Australian gothic fiction. Banjawarn, joint winner of the 2021 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, is his stunning debut novel. His short stories have been published by Kill Your Darlings, Overland, Seizure, Tincture and Breach. He’s previously been shortlisted for the Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award and longlisted for the Fogarty Literary Award.' 
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  • Leonora, Goldfields area, Southeast Western Australia, Western Australia,
  • Kalgoorlie, Goldfields area, Southeast Western Australia, Western Australia,
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