The multi-award-winning debut historical novel – Walter Scott and Miles Franklin-shortlisted
Some things collapse slow, and cannot always be rebuilt, and even if a thing can be remade it will never be as it was.
The comfortable life Hester Finch now leads in Chichester, England, could not be further from the hardship her family endured on leaving Adelaide for Salt Creek in 1855. Yet she finds her thoughts drawn back to that remote, beautiful outcrop of South Australia and the connections she and her siblings forged there. Encounters with passing travellers, such as Charles, a young artist, and the local and the local Indigenous people – in particular a boy, Tully, whom Hester’s father sought to educate almost as his own son – would change the fates of the Finches, and of the area’s first people, for ever.