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The Sun Walks Down

By: Fiona McFarlane
Narrated by: Emma Jones
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In September 1883, the South Australian town of Fairly huddles under strange, vivid sunsets. Six-year-old Denny Wallace has gone missing during a dust storm, and the whole town is intent on finding him. As they search the desert and mountains for the lost child, the residents of Fairly—newlyweds, landowners, farmers, mothers, artists, Indigenous trackers, cameleers, children, schoolteachers, widows, maids, policemen—explore their own relationships with the complex landscape and unsettling history of the Flinders Ranges.

The colonial Australia of The Sun Walks Down is unfamiliar, multicultural, and noisy with opinions, arguments, longings and terrors. It’s haunted by many gods—the sun among them, rising and falling on each day that Denny could be found, or lost forever.

©2022 Fiona McFarlane (P)2022 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"Brilliant, fresh and compulsively readable. It is marvelous. I loved it start to finish." (Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House)

"Gorgeous storytelling and superb characters... Fiona McFarlane is an extraordinary writer, one of the best working today." (Michelle de Kretser, author of Scary Monsters)

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