Scratching the surface

Trevor Shearston’s new novel
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March 2021, no. 429
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The Beach Caves by Trevor Shearston

Scribe, $29.99 pb, 336 pp

Scratching the surface

Trevor Shearston’s new novel
by
March 2021, no. 429

At the heart of Trevor Shearston’s latest novel, The Beach Caves, is the act of digging. The protagonist, Annette Cooley, is a young archaeology student, thrilled by the allure of her Honours supervisor’s most recent find: the stone remains of an Aboriginal village on the New South Wales south coast that could rewrite the pre-European history of Australia. Intriguing additional sites are soon discovered, but before long the air of excitement is replaced by one of suspicion, jealousy, and dread when a member of the dig team disappears.

Told in two parts – the first set in the early 1970s, the second in the mid-2000s – The Beach Caves examines the impact that young relationships and instinctive reactions can have on the course of a life.

Andrew McLeod reviews 'The Beach Caves' by Trevor Shearston

The Beach Caves

by Trevor Shearston

Scribe, $29.99 pb, 336 pp

Buy this book

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