Nominated by:

The State Library of Western Australia, Perth

Auckland Libraries, New Zealand

Wellington City Libraries, New Zealand

Publisher of nominated edition:

Text Publishing Company, Australia

Coming Rain

Stephen Daisley      

2017 Longlist

Western Australia, the wheatbelt. Lew McLeod has been travelling and working with Painter Hayes since he was a boy. Shearing, charcoal burning—whatever comes. Painter made him his first pair of shoes. It’s a hard and uncertain life but it’s the only one he knows.

But Lew’s a grown man now. And with this latest job, shearing for John Drysdale and his daughter Clara, everything will change.

Stephen Daisley writes in lucid, rippling prose of how things work, and why; of the profound satisfaction in hard work done with care, of love and friendship and the damage that both contain.

(from publisher)

About the Author

Stephen Daisley was born in 1955 and grew up in the North Island of New Zealand. He has worked on sheep and cattle stations, on oil and gas construction sites and as a truck driver, among many other jobs. Stephen’s first novel, Traitor, won the 2011 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction. He lives in Western Australia with his wife and five children.

Librarians’ Comments

This is a bold and eloquent work which tackles big themes like friendship and betrayal, our relationship with nature, and cultural dispossession, and compels us, through scenes of both brutality and beauty, to think hard about them.

An atmospheric, beautifully rendered story about a hard country, hard men, hard work, friendship and a love that can change everything.

Coming Rain was Long-listed for the Miles Franklin Award (2016) and the author’s previous novel, Traitor won the 2011 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction.

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