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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 Soon
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'An almost deserted town in the middle of nowhere, Nebulah's days of mining and farming prosperity – if they ever truly existed – are long gone. These days even the name on the road sign into town has been removed. Yet for Pete, an ex-policeman, Milly, Li and a small band of others, it's the only place they have ever felt at home.

'One winter solstice, a strange residual and mysterious mist arrives, that makes even birds disappear. It is a real and potent force, yet also strangely emblematic of the complacency and unease that afflicts so many of our small towns, and the country that Murphy knows so well.

'Partly inspired by the true story of Wittenoom, the ill-fated West Australia asbestos town, Soon is the story of the death of a haunted town, and the plight of the people who either won’t, or simply can’t, abandon all they have ever had. With finely wrought characters and brilliant plotting, it is a taut and original novel, where the people we come to know, and those who are drawn to the town's intrigue, must ultimately fight for survival.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Joyce and les Timmins - better late than never

    And for Peter Riley, too late.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Yarraville, Footscray - Maribyrnong area, Melbourne - West, Melbourne, Victoria,: Transit Lounge , 2017 .
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      Extent: 288p.
      Note/s:
      • Published October 2017

      ISBN: 9780995409804

Works about this Work

Haunting Tale of Human Isolation Ed Wright , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend , 10 February 2018; (p. 18)

— Review of Soon Lois Murphy , 2017 single work novel ; Rural Liberties Neal Drinnan , 2017 single work novel ; The Last Long Drop Mike Safe , 2017 single work novel ; The Fish Girl Mirandi Riwoe , 2017 single work novella

'Western Australia is experiencing a literary purple patch at the moment and Lois Murphy’s debut novel, Soon (Transit Lounge, 288pp, $29.99), is further evidence of this. Murphy, who lives in Melbourne now, spent six years travelling Australia in a homemade four-wheel-drive truck, and this novel about the stubborn last residents of an abandoned town is loosely based on the fate of Wittenoom, infamous as the site of Australia’s largest asbestos mine.' (Introduction)

Lois Murphy : Soon LS , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 7-13 October no. 177 2017;

'Australia has a thriving community of horror writers but only rarely does local horror find a mainstream readership. Lois Murphy’s classy, clever debut, Soon, deserves to be that rare example.' (Introduction)

Gunns Tale Wins State Book Prize 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Mercury , 3 December 2015; (p. 4)
Haunting Tale of Human Isolation Ed Wright , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend , 10 February 2018; (p. 18)

— Review of Soon Lois Murphy , 2017 single work novel ; Rural Liberties Neal Drinnan , 2017 single work novel ; The Last Long Drop Mike Safe , 2017 single work novel ; The Fish Girl Mirandi Riwoe , 2017 single work novella

'Western Australia is experiencing a literary purple patch at the moment and Lois Murphy’s debut novel, Soon (Transit Lounge, 288pp, $29.99), is further evidence of this. Murphy, who lives in Melbourne now, spent six years travelling Australia in a homemade four-wheel-drive truck, and this novel about the stubborn last residents of an abandoned town is loosely based on the fate of Wittenoom, infamous as the site of Australia’s largest asbestos mine.' (Introduction)

Gunns Tale Wins State Book Prize 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Mercury , 3 December 2015; (p. 4)
Lois Murphy : Soon LS , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 7-13 October no. 177 2017;

'Australia has a thriving community of horror writers but only rarely does local horror find a mainstream readership. Lois Murphy’s classy, clever debut, Soon, deserves to be that rare example.' (Introduction)

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