Katherine Johnson Katherine Johnson i(A111531 works by) (a.k.a. Katherine Jane Johnson)
Born: Established: 1971 Brisbane, Queensland, ;
Gender: Female
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Tasmanian-based Katherine Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) and an honours degree in marine science. She has worked as a science journalist.

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The Better Son 2016 single work novel

'1952. Tasmania. The green, rolling hills of the dairy town Mole Creek have a dark underside — a labyrinthine underworld of tunnels that stretch for countless miles, caverns the size of cathedrals and underground rivers that flood after heavy rain. The caves are dangerous places, forbidden to children. But this is Tasmania — an island at the end of the earth. Here, rules are made to be broken.

'For two young brothers, a hidden cave a short walk from the family farm seems the perfect escape from their abusive, shell-shocked father — until the older brother goes missing. Fearful of his father, nine-year-old Kip lies about what happened. It is a decision that will haunt him for the rest of his life.

'Fifty years later, Kip — now an award-winning scientist — has a young son of his own, but cannot look at him without seeing his lost brother, Tommy. On a mission of atonement, he returns to the cave they called Kubla to discover if it’s ever too late to set things right. To have a second chance. To be the father he never had.

'The Better Son is a richly imaginative and universal story about the danger of secrets, the beauty in forgiveness and the enthralling power of Tasmania’s unique natural landscapes.' (Publication summary)

2017 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
2017 longlisted Indie Awards Fiction
Kubla 2013 single work novel

'1953, Tasmania, two brothers discover a secret cave but only one comes out.

Set deep underground, Kubla tells the story of Kip Duggan - acclaimed scientist but unfaithful husband and neglectful father - who returns to the forbidden place where his 10-year-old brother went missing 50 years before. Fearing his brutal father, Kip lied about Tommy's death in the vast Kubla cave system beneath his family's dairy farm. His return is an attempt to fulfil a promise he made to his dying mother: to find his brother's remains and bury them alongside her. But what if Tommy's remains are not where he thought they'd be? The obsessive search becomes a journey of self-discovery and a struggle for his own survival. Kubla is a book about the importance of family, of living your own life, and the airing of deep secrets.'

Source: http://www.arts.tas.gov.au/artsatwork/tasmanian_literary_prizes/shortlists/kubla (Sighted 25/03/2013)

2013 winner Tasmania Book Prizes The University of Tasmania Prize - People's Choice Award
2013 winner Tasmania Book Prizes University of Tasmania Prize
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