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Paul Jennings is a master story-teller of the twisted and the macabre. In this book, he explores the tortured introspection of an alienated young boy.

I hear a dragging sound followed by my father's limping appearance at the door.

I look at him in horror.

He's starting at me, glasses askew, waving the birds' nest.
'You imbecile.  You left me hanging there.
What were you trying to do?  Kill me?'

If only he knew.  I'm not trying to kill him.
I'm trying not to kill him!

'The tender yet unsparing depth of characterisation in the novel is matched by the limped beauty of the writing, the sensual evocation of the snowfields setting and the compelling nature of the story.'
Weekend Australian

'A dark, gripping tale.'
The Age

'The ending is a dramatic as they come.'
Sydney Morning Herald


Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    January 31, 2011


    272 pages

    RRP $16.99

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  • EBook


    March 2, 2009

    Penguin eBooks

    180 pages

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