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By Holly Throsby

A compelling new novel from the bestselling author of Goodwood and Cedar Valley.

On a hot morning in 1991 in the regional town of Clarke, Barney Clarke (no relation) is woken by the unexpected arrival of many policemen: they are going to search his backyard for the body of a missing woman.

Next door, Leonie Wallace and little Joe watch the police cars through their kitchen window. Leonie has been waiting six years for this day. She is certain that her friend Ginny Lawson is buried in that backyard.

But the fate of Ginny Lawson is not the only mystery in Clarke. Barney lives alone in a rented house with a ring on his finger, but where is Barney’s wife? Leonie lives with four-year-old Joe, but where is Joe’s mother?

Clarke is a story of family and violence, of identity and longing, of unlikely connections and the comedy of everyday life. At its centre stands Leonie Wallace, a travel agent who has never travelled, a warm woman full of love and hope and grief, who would do anything in the world for Joe.

Read Serena Kirby’s review for ARR.News and her author interview with Holly Throsby:
… strangely intriguing … The fact that this book has lingered in my mind long after I finished reading it is testament to this author’s talent at her craft

ISBN: 9781760878740
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: 01 Nov 2022
Pages: 416
Format: Large Paperback


About the author:

Holly Throsby is a musician and novelist. She has released five solo albums, a collection of original children's songs, two albums as part of the band Seeker Lover Keeper, and has been nominated for five ARIAs.

Holly's novels, Goodwood (2016) and Cedar Valley (2018), were both critically acclaimed bestsellers. For her fiction, Holly has been shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award, an Indie Book Award, two Australian Book Industry Awards, two Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards, and a Ned Kelly Award.

Clarke is her third novel.