Spinifex & Sunflowers
Written by Avan Judd Stallard
Buy the Ebook
Nick Harris has been drifting for years – until the day he finds himself amid red dirt and razor wire, a refugee-prison guard in a detention centre. Nick is no crusader and no bleeding-heart. He’s just a man in debt who needs a job.
Time passes slowly behind the wire, no matter who you are. To distract themselves, the asylum seekers tell Nick about their lives and cultures, and the families they have left behind. They steal from him with good humour, and swear at him with bad.
Nick breaks all the rules: slacking off when he guards the cordial machine, swimming with crocodiles, brawling with locals, romancing workmates. And then there is the cardinal sin – becoming friends with the detainees.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
'Well written, confronting, passionate and often graphic, this novel deserves to be read by any Australian with a conscience. [Four stars]' Books+Publishing
'[Stallard's] on-theground experience brings authenticity and sympathy to the plight of refugees in his storytelling.' West Weekend Magazine
'Stallard’s style is page-turning, and his firsthand knowledge of Curtin fascinating, making for some of the most compelling reading I’ve experienced so far this year.' Adelaide Advertiser
(205 x 138mm)
Book Club Reads
HIGH RESOLUTION COVER9781925164992_RGB.jpg (3.75 MB)
MEDIA RELEASESPINIFEX_AND_SUNFLOWERS_MR.pdf (699 KB)
Press Quality Author ImageAvan_Headshot_Rock_BG_Portrait.jpg (1.87 MB)
Fremantle Press images and book excerpts are subject to copyright. They are for use by the media to accompany articles, essays, interviews and reviews relevant to the specific title. For approval to utilise the images or excerpts for any other purpose, please contact Claire Miller, +61 (0)8 9430 6331 or firstname.lastname@example.org