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David Whish-Wilson
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The Coves

David Whish-Wilson


Fremantle Arts Centre Prs

Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


224 pages

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San Francisco, 1849. The hills are swarming with desperate men from all over the world, come to seek their fortune in the grip of yellow fever. In their wake come the opportunists, not least of whom are the Australians, many of them former convicts who are quick to seize control in a lawless world. This group of Australians, headed by the standover man Thomas Keane, are known as The Coves.

Enter twelve-year-old Samuel Bellamy, formerly of the Swan River Colony, lately of Van Dieman's Land, in search of his mother who, last he heard, has gone to join the molly-houses in California.

Sydney-town, San Francisco, is a world of opportunism, loyalty and violent betrayal, and Samuel must learn to be a man if he is to survive.

By:   David Whish-Wilson
Imprint:   Fremantle Arts Centre Prs
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 207mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   232g
ISBN:   9781925591279
ISBN 10:   1925591271
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   July 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Whish-Wilson is an acclaimed crime writer and academic who grew up between NSW, Singapore, Victoria and WA. He left Australia aged eighteen to live for a decade in Europe, Africa and Asia, where he worked as a barman, actor, street seller, petty criminal, labourer, exterminator, factory worker, gardener, clerk, travel agent, teacher and drug-trial guinea pig. He now lives in Fremantle and coordinates the creative writing program at Curtin University.

A lyrical coming-of-age tale and an historical crime novel, lit by something fresh, honest and generous. --Joan London, author, Gilgamesh The Coves is what happens when Australian criminals take over Deadwood. --Paul Daley, author, Beersheba A clever tale of criminal plots, family bonds, and the birth of a new world. Holds like a vice and never lets go. Every turn of the page builds the pressure. --Rohan Wilson, author, The Roving Party

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