David Whish-Wilson reviews 'The Making of Martin Sparrow: After the flood comes the reckoning' by Peter Cochrane

David Whish-Wilson reviews 'The Making of Martin Sparrow: After the flood comes the reckoning' by Peter Cochrane

The Making of Martin Sparrow: After the flood comes the reckoning

by Peter Cochrane

Viking, $32.99 pb, 453 pp, 9780670074068

Just one thing can shape your whole life’ is one line in a novel of four hundred and fifty pages, but it is telling in its application toward the characters of this brilliant début novel. Set on the Hawkesbury River in 1806, the cast of characters is large and yet we find each of them living with the consequences of an earlier choice or misdemeanour that ripples beyond the singular life and into the nascent river community.

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David Whish-Wilson

David Whish-Wilson

David Whish-Wilson is the author of five crime novels and three non-fiction books. His latest crime novel is The Coves, out with Fremantle Press in 2018. His next novel is True West, to be published by Fremantle Press in November 2019. He lives in Fremantle, Western Australia, and coordinates the creative-writing program at Curtin University.

Published in November 2018, no. 406

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