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River of Snake

Written by Chris McLeod


When the boy who will be Gabriel Goodchild arrives by train in the town of K. Mother is sure he is an angel. She has been promised. And angels and snakes and unstoneable crows are favoured by K.’s unusual air …

As slippery as the multitude of snakes which infests the dreams and streets of K., as darkly funny as the unstoneable crows which slow-flap through K.’s unusual air, as strange and familiar as angels, River of Snake defies the various gravities of time, belief, memory and the Great Australian Novel. A stunning debut, River of Snake is that rare thing: a highly individual and original first novel that delivers the goods.


Western Australian Premier’s Book Award (Shortlisted 1998)

ISBN 9781863681681 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (208 x 140mm) (Paperback)
Categories Fiction
Award Winning
Pages 192
Publication Year 1996
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • Chris mcleod

    Chris McLeod

    Chris McLeod was born in Western Australia in 1950 and grew up in Katanning. He has worked in psychology, education and journalism. Chris McLeod’s short fiction has appeared in various Australian literary journals and anthologies. Read more