Tensions have been slowly building in the old farming district of Winderran. Its rich landscape has attracted a new wave of urban tree-changers and wealthy developers. But traditional loyalties and values are pushed to the brink with the announcement of a controversial dam project. Locals Eugenie and Guy are forced to choose sides, while newcomer Nick discovers there are more sinister forces at work. The personal and the political soon collide in ways that will change their fates and determine the future of the town.
In Hinterland, Steven Lang has created a gripping novel that captures contemporary Australia in all of its natural beauty and conflicting ambitions.
88 Lines About 44 Women
Shortlisted for the Qld Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction 2010
For a while Lawrence Martin had everything. He was the keyboard player in a successful rock band; he had money, his choice of women. It was a long way from the British boarding school where he met Roly, the charismatic front man who lured him to Australia in the first place, and with whom he shared the song-writing. Only after it all went wrong did Lawrence learn they’d been sharing other things as well. Two decades on, living in the Highlands of Scotland, he’s again confronted with those turbulent years, and with the accident that changed everything…
Wry, insightful, intelligent, 88 Lines About 44 Women traces the boundaries of shame and how it obstructs the capacity for love. Are all men emotionally diconnected? Does true intimacy bring redemption, or is it the other way round?
Praise for 88 Lines About 44 Women:
an excellent novel Australian Book Review
lucid and precise Adelaide Radio
a powerful example of the strength of Australian fiction Canberra Times
Everything about An Accidental Terrorist spoke of a prodigious talent and hinted at a promising career. Lang’s new novel, 88 Lines About 44 Women, has not only lived up to that promise, but extended his reach on the physical terrain as well as on the contours of the human heart. Bron Sibree, The West Australian.
As much as the healing of a faded rock star in the Scottish Highlands may sound like a detour from most reader’s home ground, this novel’s orchestration of memory, landscape, music and human relationships is so pitch-perfect and complete that it feels like first hand experience. This is a brilliantly humane novel. Tim Kennedy Hanna, The Australian Literary Review.
This is an excellent novel; a finely calibrated blend of a carefully paced thriller and a literary exploration of masculinity. Jo Case, Readings, Melbourne, in The Australian Book Review.
Undoubtedly the best book I’ve read all year. Sylvie Mester, Candelo Books website, Bega, NSW.
[88 Lines] opens with a nail-bitingly taut scene of high drama on the ocean involving a beautiful semi-naked woman, the threat of the open water and some unresolved sexual tension that is bound to end badly. [But] if the opening flags a sexually charged psychological thriller of the Dead Calm variety, be prepared to be surprised. Lang’s … aspirations lie elsewhere. His best writing arises from his emotional engagement with place and his tender examination of his damaged characters’ capacity for love. Liam Davison, The Weekend Australian.
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An Accidental Terrorist
Winner, UTS Award for a First Novel, NSW Premier’s Awards
Winner, Best Unpublished Manuscript, Qld Premier’s Literary Awards
Short-listed, Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, new novels
Long-listed, Miles Franklin Award
When Kelvin returns to his home town on the southern coast of New South Wales he finds himself drawn to a community back in the hills. He meets Jessica, a would-be writer who has escaped the city, and her enigmatic neighbour, Carl. Both are pursuing new lives inspired by the extraordinary landscape around them.
As his relationship with Jessica intensifies Kelvin is caught up by some of the more radical elements in the community. No-one, however, is quite who they seem, and Kelvin makes a decision that will have devastating consequences for all of them. Deep in the southern forests, the story builds to a dramatic climax.
Praise for An Accidental Terrorist:
A gripping, sensuous and at times breathtaking work, The Sydney Morning Herald.
A well-crafted and enticingly paced novel, that gets under the skin of a deeply entrenched social and environmental problem, The Canberra Times.
Lang’s first novel presages a strong literary career, The Weekend Australian.
Exhibits the health of Australian fiction in the new millennium, The Bulletin/Newsweek.
A slow burn thriller engaged with contemporary issues … hypnotically written and engaging. Australian Bookseller and Publisher.
Lang skilfully ratchets up the tension in the second half, leading to a genuinely thrilling climax in which the various undercurrents of the novel, both personal and political, converge … a fine debut, The Age
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A Strong Brown God
In 1842 the Crown Commissioner for Lands, Stephen Simpson, along with a Lutheran priest, Christoph Eipper, set out from Moreton Bay with the intention of finding a site for a new Aboriginal settlement in the Larger Bunya Country, now Kenilworth. They were accompanied on their journey by twelve soldiers, a team of bullocks and a dray, as well as the two escaped convicts, Bracewell and Davis, both of whom had lived for an extended period amongst the natives. 150 years later Steven Lang followed their route from the source of the Mary River to where it joins the sea. In A Strong Brown God Lang marries his story with that of the earlier men, both Aboriginal and White, weaving a picture of the Mary Valley as it was then and as it is now, a very personal portrait that becomes a paean for the river and its importance.
In this beautifully illustrated book Lang gives an account of his journey down the Mary River, weaving his own story with that of the original inhabitants and the first white settlers.
Lang House Press
Jan 2010 non-fiction
297 x 248mm 64 pages
100 full-colour photographs
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