'A tale which will hold its listeners spellbound.' Kerry Green, SUNDAY REVIEW
When an archaeology student, hoping to learn about his Aboriginal heritage, comes to work near their isolated town, sixteen-year-old friends Sarah and Rachel discover why the man known as the Father has had such control over their lives.
Cut off from the world by sea and swamp, the people of New Canaan submit to the oppressive will of the enigmatic 'Father'. But when the signs appear, first in the sky, then in the sea, then in the trembling earth, there are two who know the Father's days are numbered - Rachel Burgess and Sarah Goodwin, born only hours apart. Might they be the ones to drive the Father to his fall? Or might it be Sam Shadows, drawn into the net by some greater force? And so the mysteries of New Canaan, that other country, are revealed.
No Such Country is tale of discovery, adventure and suspense from award-winning author GARY CREW.
A tale which will hold its listeners spellbound. - Kerry Green, SUNDAY REVIEW
Gary Crew (Author)
Gary Crew writes short stories, novels and picture books. Gary is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. He is particularly interested in researching the creative links between fiction and nonfiction in his novels and the creative interface between print text and visual text in his picture books. During his publishing career of over 30 years Gary has won the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year four times, twice for novels and twice for his picture books; the New South Wales Premier's Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the American Children's Book of Distinction, the Aurealis Best Children's Short Fiction, the Wilderness Society's Award for Environmental Writing, and the Royal Geographic Society Whitley Award. Gary lives on the waterfront of subtropical Bribie Island. When he is not writing or lecturing, he loves to walk by the sea or read.
Julian Laffan (Illustrator)
Julian Laffan is an artist, educator and curator. Julian graduated from the School of Art at the Australian National University in Canberra. He is currently a picture book judge for the Children's Book Council of Australia. He specialises in contemporary woodcuts and drawings, using these mediums to create sculptural objects and works on paper that explore themes of history and identity. Julian has produced a series of exhibitions that developed mentorship partnerships between emerging and established artists from across Australia. He is a member of The Culture Kitchen, a Canberra-based cross-cultural collaborative print group. He has worked on inter-cultural print based projects in East Timor, Indonesia and on the Thai-Burma border. His works are in the collection of the Australian Print Council, Canberra Museum and Gallery, and significant private collections.
Julian is a primary school teacher, living with Natasha and their son in Braidwood, New South Wales. He draws and sketches and takes background photographs that form a basis for the woodcuts that accompany this monograph. Julian is passionate about children becoming literate through great books, integrating with the importance of the arts.
For more about Julian visit julian-laffan.squarespace.com