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Eclectic Book Club: Only Killers and Thieves by Paul Howarth

January 04, 2019

Please join me on Wednesday, February 6th for a discussion of Paul Howarth’s book Only Killers and Thieves.

This discussion is part of the quarterly Eclectic Book Club.

The book is about two brothers who are exposed to the brutal realities of life and the seductive cruelty of power.  It is a story of savagery and race, injustice and honor, set in the untamed frontier of 1880s Australia. An epic tale of revenge and survival, Only Killers and Thieves is a gripping and utterly transporting debut, bringing to vivid life a colonial Australia that bears a striking resemblance to the American Wild West in its formative years.  It is 1885, and a crippling drought threatens to ruin the McBride family. Their land is parched, their cattle starving. When the rain finally comes, it is a miracle that renews their hope for survival. But returning home from an afternoon swimming at a remote waterhole filled by the downpour, fourteen-year-old Tommy and sixteen-year-old Billy meet with a shocking tragedy.”

Copies of the book are available at the Main Circulation Desk. All are welcome!


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