The Low Road

Awards:   Short-listed for Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2006 Winner of Ned Kelly Award Best First Fiction 2008
Author:   Chris Womersley ,  Dan Wyllie ,  Yen Nguyen
Publisher:   Bolinda Publishing
Edition:   Unabridged edition
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9781743136546


Publication Date:   01 February 2013
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Awards

  • Short-listed for Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2006
  • Winner of Ned Kelly Award Best First Fiction 2008

Overview

A young petty criminal, Lee, wakes in a seedy motel to find a bullet in his side and a suitcase of stolen money next to him, with only the haziest memory of exactly how he got there. Soon he meets Wild, a morphine-addicted doctor who is escaping his own disastrous life. The two men form an unwilling, unlikely alliance and set out for the safety of a country estate owned by a former colleague of Wild's named Sherman. As they flee the city, they develop an uneasy intimacy, inevitably revisiting their pasts even as they desperately seek to evade them. Lee is haunted by a brief stint in jail, while Wild is on the run from the legacy of medical malpractice. But Lee and Wild are not alone: they are pursued through an increasingly alien and gothic landscape by the ageing gangster Josef, who must retrieve the stolen money and deal with Lee to ensure his own survival. By the time Josef finally catches up to them, all three men have been forced to confront the parts of themselves they sought to outrun. Part classic film-noir crime-thriller, part modern tale of despair and desperation, The Low Road seduces the reader into a story that unfolds and deepens hypnotically. This is a brilliant debut novel.

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Author:   Chris Womersley ,  Dan Wyllie ,  Yen Nguyen
Publisher:   Bolinda Publishing
Imprint:   Bolinda Audio Books
Edition:   Unabridged edition
ISBN:  

9781743136546


ISBN 10:   1743136544
Publication Date:   01 February 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Audio
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Manufactured on demand   Availability explained
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The Low Road is richly and powerfully written. It is also an almost unbearably intense, tragic, and unrelentingly dark story of addiction, regret, despair, and failed dreams that left this reader mightily impressed. -- Australian Bookseller+Publisher Womersley is a gifted writer with a curious and liberated command of the language ... The Low Road is an engrossing, confronting and excellent novel from a talented young Australian writer. -- ABC First Tuesday Bookclub As unflinching as Cormac McCarthy and as perverse as Ian McEwan, The Low Road blazes too with the lyricism of T.C. Boyle. It is a surprising and stunning debut. -- The Australian Financial Review It is difficult to believe that The Low Road is a first novel. It has the controlled pace of an experienced hand ... rife with images, it unfolds like a film ... Womersley's language is polished and assured, each word precisely chosen, and every image finely constructed. -- The Age Womersley's taut, almost monosyllabic prose creates a relentless momentum as it plunges into a black dreamscape with echoes of Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Samuel Beckett, Horace McCoy, Georges Simenon and Philip K. Dick ... He does not set out to solve puzzles, provide answers or fasten the ends of riddles together, though his plotting is captivating. His is an almost poetic concern for the death of people, the way there is no redemption at their end, only the sensation of a world torn from its hinge, barrelling through space ... Maybe it is Cormac McCarthy of whom the reader is so naggingly reminded. It's a big call, but Womersley's mastery of rhythm and image is, like the crusty American's, able to sustain complexity at the level of a sentence and a paragraph while holding the structures of his novel together ... This is writing you often stop to read aloud. -- The Australian


The Low Road is richly and powerfully written. It is also an almost unbearably intense, tragic, and unrelentingly dark story of addiction, regret, despair, and failed dreams that left this reader mightily impressed. -- Australian Bookseller & Publisher Womersley is a gifted writer with a curious and liberated command of the language ... The Low Road is an engrossing, confronting and excellent novel from a talented young Australian writer. -- ABC First Tuesday Bookclub As unflinching as Cormac McCarthy and as perverse as Ian McEwan, The Low Road blazes too with the lyricism of T.C. Boyle. It is a surprising and stunning debut. -- The Australian Financial Review It is difficult to believe that The Low Road is a first novel. It has the controlled pace of an experienced hand ... rife with images, it unfolds like a film ... Womersley's language is polished and assured, each word precisely chosen, and every image finely constructed. -- The Age Womersley's taut, almost monosyllabic prose creates a relentless momentum as it plunges into a black dreamscape with echoes of Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Samuel Beckett, Horace McCoy, Georges Simenon and Philip K. Dick ... He does not set out to solve puzzles, provide answers or fasten the ends of riddles together, though his plotting is captivating. His is an almost poetic concern for the death of people, the way there is no redemption at their end, only the sensation of a world torn from its hinge, barrelling through space ... Maybe it is Cormac McCarthy of whom the reader is so naggingly reminded. It's a big call, but Womersley's mastery of rhythm and image is, like the crusty American's, able to sustain complexity at the level of a sentence and a paragraph while holding the structures of his novel together ... This is writing you often stop to read aloud. -- The Australian


Author Information

Chris Womersley is an Australian author of crime fiction, short stories and poetry. He trained as a radio journalist and has travelled extensively to such places as India, South-East Asia, South America, North America, and West Africa. He currently lives in Sydney, NSW. Dan Wyllie is a highly regarded and well respected Australian actor who has worked extensively in theatre, television and film. His breakthrough role in the 1990 film Spotswood alongside Anthony Hopkins was followed by notable film performances in the hit comedy Muriel's Wedding opposite Toni Collette, Romper Stomper with Russell Crowe, Jane Campion's Holy Smoke, the Terrence Malick film The Thin Red Line, and PJ Hogan's Peter Pan. Dan's television performances include the award-winning series Love My Way which garnered him several award nominations and for which he won the TV Week Silver Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series in 2006. Some of Dan's other stand-out television performances include roles in Channel 9's Underbelly, Two Twisted produced by Bryan Brown, and the ABC series Bastard Boys and Curtin. He also played the lead role in ABC mini-series The Shark Net, an adaptation of the Robert Drewe memoir.

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