To the Highlands

Written by Jon Doust

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It is 1968. All around the world people are marching, protesting, fighting for freedom and free love.

Jack Muir arrives in the islands fresh out of Grammar School: a failure, a virgin, and a reluctant employee of The Colonial Bank of Australia.

Life in the islands is raw, sensuous, real. Here, the white man takes what he wants. But the veneer of whiteness is flimsy, and brutality never far from the surface.

To be free, you must set free. So says George Kanluna, future leader of the islands. Yet there is a world of difference between freedom and those things you unleash in others – and in yourself.

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
‘Doust firmly establishing himself as a rare contemporary voice …’ The Australian

‘Doust works deftly: he disturbs us, then he makes us laugh, and with our prim censure destabilised helps us move toward an altogether more complicated, and perhaps more compassionate, attitude.’ Kim Scott

To the Highlands is a short, dense, assured and incidentally poignant performance that has been worth the wait.’ Canberra Times

‘There is a relentless rawness to this book that make its moments of tenderness hit their mark even more keenly.’ Books+Publishing

‘Doust creates a distinctive Australian voice and the novel abounds in small and telling cameos.’ Sydney Morning Herald / The Age

‘…gritty and confronting…’ The West Australian

Properties
ISBN 9781921888779 (Paperback)
Formats C Format (230 x 152mm) (Paperback)
Categories Book Club Reads
New Adult
Fiction
ebooks
Pages 204
Publication Year 2012
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • Jon doust

    Jon Doust

    Jon Doust has had diverse careers. He was born in Bridgetown into a farming/retailing family and worked in both until he was old enough to know better. Since then he has been asked to leave jobs in banking, the media, retailing (again), farming (again) and comedy. These days he is best known as a writer, professional speaker, big ideas inspirer and community projects facilitator. Some years ago he asked himself the question: Why are people the way they are? That lead him to study Jungian philosophy and to becoming an accredited Myers Briggs Practitioner. None of this has dampened his sense of humour. Read more