If it were up to Roy Ellis, the town-proud editor-in-chief of Dungower’s only newspaper, ‘paedophilia would be systematically bred out of humans’. That just about sums up the attitudes of his readers, who are disgusted to learn that there is a convicted child sex offender living among them in rural Victoria. Only when Ellis’s maverick reporter Joni Miller refuses to let go of the case which threatens to mar the town’s otherwise wholesome reputation does a more nuanced response begin to form.
Luke Johnson reviews 'Down to the River' by S.J. Finn
Down to the River
by S.J. Finn
Sleepers Publishing, $24.95 pb, 272 pp, 9780987507020
Luke Johnson lectures in Creative Writing and Literary Theory at the University of Technology, Sydney and...
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