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 for this day for six years. She is certain that her friend – Ginny Lawson – is buried in that backyard under a slab of suspicious concrete.

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 must steer Joe safely through a very strange time indeed.

Praise for Holly Throsby

‘This is a masterful novel.’ – Books + Publishing on Cedar Valley

‘So much truth, so much aching and pain by humour. What a wonderful book.’ – Lindy Morrison on Goodwood

‘Sparkles with humanity and descriptive power… By the end of the beautiful and humble Cedar Valley, you may yearn for another dot on the map of Throsby’s imagination.’ The Sydney Morning Herald

‘Throsby’s rich characterisation leaves you feeling as though you’d made lifelong friends by the final page.’ The Sunday Times on Cedar Valley


Holly Throsby

Holly Throsby is a songwriter, musician and novelist. She has released five solo albums and two albums as part of the band Seeker Lover Keeper. Holly’s debut novel, Goodwood, was a critically acclaimed bestseller. It 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. Her second novel, Cedar Valley, another critically acclaimed bestseller, was longlisted for an Indie Book Award and a Sisters in Crime Davitt Award

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