Wimmera by Mark Brandi has been voted by our subscribing librarians as their favourite book from our July issue.
Mark Brandi’s Wimmera raked in several accolades before even being published, including the UK Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger. Set in a rural Australian town, the story follows two best friends, Ben and Fab, who are about to start high school. Over the holidays, a girl was found hanged from a clothesline, and another group of boys find a garbage bin tossed into the river with its lid nailed shut. A strange, huge man moves into the house where the girl died. The boys try to distract themselves from the weird events by yabbying and playing cricket – but it’s impossible to ignore the sinister undercurrent running through the town. We asked Mark, who used to work in Victoria’s Department of Justice, about how Wimmera came to be.
Congratulations to Helen from Dimbulah Library in Queensland for winning this month’s draw to win two recent releases. Happy reading, Helen!