16 SEPT 6.30PM - Ben Hobson

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16 SEPT 6.30PM - Ben Hobson

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‘Remarkable. Ben Hobson’s characters are deeply flawed, deeply human and beautifully realised. Part Western, part Greek tragedy, part morality tale – yet wholly original.’ – Chris Hammer, author of Scrublands

Join us on Monday 16th September at 6.30pm as Ben Hobson joins us to speak about his gripping new book, Snake Island, a propulsive literary thriller from the acclaimed author of To Become a Whale.


‘I’d been wanting to explore the idea of morality, and meaning, in a relativistic culture for a long time,’ says Ben, ‘and I also wanted to write a novel that felt like the TV show Fargo, or the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which are black comedy thrill-rides with deeper themes.’

Sound intriguing? Book in to find out more!

About the Book…

Vernon and Penelope never want to see their son Caleb again. Not after he bashed his wife and ended up in gaol. A lifetime of careful parental love wiped out in a moment.

But when Vernon, a retired teacher, hears that Caleb is being regularly visited and savagely beaten by a local criminal as the police stand by, he knows he has to act. What has his life been as a father if he turns his back on his son in his hour of desperate need? He realises with shame that he has failed Caleb. But no longer.

The father of the man bashing Caleb is head of a violent crime family. The town lives in fear of him, but Vernon is determined to fix things in a civilised way, father to father. If he shows respect, he reasons, it will be reciprocated. But how wrong he is. And what hell has he brought down on his family?

Set in a starkly beautiful Australian setting that draws on the author’s own recollections of growing up in regional Victoria in the 1990s, Snake Island is written with great clarity and power.

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