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ISBN: 9781760990374
Dimensions: 23.4x15.3cm
Pages: 304
Publication year: 2022
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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The Sawdust House

Written by David Whish-Wilson

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San Francisco, 1856. Irish-born James ‘Yankee’ Sullivan is being held in jail by the Committee of Vigilance, which aims to rout the Australian criminals from the town. As Sullivan’s mistress, seeks his release and as his fellow prisoners are taken away to be hanged, the convict tells a story of triumph and tragedy: of his daring escape from penal servitude in Australia; how he became America’s most celebrated boxer; and how he met the true love of his life.

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK

‘Vivid and ambitious in its storytelling and multi-layered in its thematic interests …’ West Australian

‘Whish-Wilson is a storyteller, there is no greater praise.’ Bruce Pascoe

‘It is both a stylish retelling of one extraordinary life and an investigation into the truths that slip through history’s net, sinking to depths only imagination can plunge.’ Australian Book Review

‘This book is a departure from his usual style of book for Whish-Wilson but one he pulls off perfectly. A great story, superbly written, especially for lovers of historical fiction.’ Good Reading Magazine

‘This is a first-class book written by a talented author and is highly recommended.’ Cricket Web

‘You don’t need to love boxing, or indeed to know anything about boxing, to love this book. I have no hesitation recommending The Sawdust House to all folk who value books and reading. It’s a novel that is as interesting as it is beautifully written and realised.’ Fremantle Shipping News 

‘Whish-Wilson portrays jaw-droppingly good prose … Whish-Wilson’s portrayal of Sullivan, his milieu, the people he meets and the events he has been part of is both gripping and, at times, intensely moving.’ Pulp Curry

‘This work of historical fiction is masterfully written … I highly recommend this absolutely amazing feat of storytelling!’ Fran Hoffman


Pages: 304
Publication Year: 2022
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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David Whish-Wilson

David Whish-Wilson is the author of eight novels and three creative non-fiction books. He was born in Newcastle, NSW but raised in Singapore, Victoria and WA. He left Australia aged eighteen to live for a decade in Europe, Africa and Asia, where he worked as a barman, actor, streetseller, petty criminal, labourer, exterminator, factory worker, […]