To Name Those Lost

To Name Those Lost

A Novel

Book - 2014
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A powerful, suspenseful tale about a father and son in search of one another, this prize-winning novel based on real-life events is a classic western story of vengeance and redemption set against the sweeping, merciless grandeur of the Australian frontier.

It is the summer of 1874. Launceston, a colonial outpost on the southern Australian island of Tasmania, hovers on the brink of anarchy, teeming with revolutionaries, convicts, drunks, crooked cops , and poor strugglers looking for a break. Outlaw Thomas Toosey races to this dangerous bedlam to find his motherless twelve-year-old son before the city swallows the child whole, but he is pursued by more than just the law. Hindering his progress at every turn is a man to whom he owes a terrible debt: the vengeful Irishman Fitheal Finn, whose hooded companion hides a grotesque secret.

Brilliantly told in galloping, lyrical prose and infused with gothic tones reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy, Daniel Woodrell, and William Faulkner, To Name Those Lost is a gripping story of fatherly devotion and of one man's search for moral bearings in a lawless society.

Victorian Premier's Literary Award
Adelaide Festival Award for Best Novel
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Europa Editions, [2014]
ISBN: 9781609453497
Branch Call Number: WILSON
Characteristics: 267 pages ; 21 cm


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Oct 09, 2017

Tasmania,1874 and Toosey, searches his motherless twelve year old son, while his ex-inmate chases him down. A Dickens adventure cast in a wilderness of rough justice and earthy vernacular. It was The Luminaries (Booker winner) that had me seek this era, and Wilson has the quality.

Apr 30, 2017

Almost gothic western it does remind one of Cormac McCarthy. A cast of imperfect and damaged characters set in the harshness of post- convict Tasmania. The author keeps you turning the pages as the plot has the well drawn characters struggle and collide in violent and bloody retribution.

Dec 02, 2015

This picks up on Wilson's earlier book 'The Roving Party', but you don't need to have read it to enjoy this book. Set in Launceston after the suspension of transportation, it reads a little like a western (think Cormac McCarthy) where damaged men pursue each other and the legacy of convictism lingers.

DevilStateDan Oct 04, 2015

#2015ReadingChallenge #ABookSetInMyHomeTown #StaffPickles
At its heart, this is a story about love & grief, loss & vengeance.
Set to the violent & chaotic backdrop of the Launceston Railway Riots in 1870's Tasmania in the searing heat of summer the central characters all demonstrate considerable depth to them, their choices & actions blurring the lines of good vs evil in people & behaviours.
Beautiful language & descriptive writing, the place & time itself bearing impact on the characters' decision making, and excellent to see such great storytelling coming from & about Tasmania, especially depicting the difficult times in its history!
Top stuff all round & hopefully a winner of the 2015 Tasmania Book Prize


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