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TJ Slee
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Taking Tom Murray Home
TJ Slee, author

Bankrupt dairy farmer Tom Murray decides he’d rather sell off his herd and burn down his own house rather than hand them over to the bank. But something goes tragically wrong, and Tom dies in the blaze. His wife, Dawn, doesn’t want him to have died for nothing and decides to hold a funeral procession for Tom as a protest, driving 350km from Heywood to bury him in Melbourne where he was born. To make a bigger impact she agrees with some neighbours to put his coffin on a horse and cart and take it slow – real slow. The night they’re leaving though, someone burns down the local bank.  And as the motley funeral procession passes through Victoria, there are more mysterious arson attacks. Dawn has five days to get to Melbourne before the police can impound the coffin and force her to bury her husband. Five days, five more towns, and a State ready to explode in flames…  

A deeply moving Australian story, told with a laconic, deadpan wit, Burn is an immediately appealing, heart-warming and enthralling story of hardship and pain – as well as restorative power of community and friendship.

 

News
08/22/2018
BURN shortlisted for the HarperCollins Banjo Prize for fiction

Unpublished manuscript BURN just shortlisted in the inaugural HarperCollins Banjo Prize for Fiction in Australia. Winners announced August 31!

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