Blood in the Dust
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Set in Victoria in 1853, Blood in the Dust is a fast-paced novel from the winner of the best unpublished manuscript category of the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. When a gang of bushrangers raid an outback homestead, young Toby O’Rourke’s life is changed forever. His parents lay dead and his brother is badly wounded. Forced into adulthood, the brothers seek to outwit the rogue who conspired to rob them of their birthright and hunt down the vicious outlaw who murdered their parents. Bill Swiggs has crafted a masterful tale that draws readers in with gripping plot twists and an endearing cast of characters. It is an immensely human story that explores the historic landscape of the goldrush and the hardship of our colonial past. With narrative layers that keep the pages turning, Blood in the Dust is a stunning debut from a writer to watch.