Title: Coming Rain
Authors: Daisley, Stephen
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 269
Year: 2015
Publisher: Text Publishing
Language: English
Description: On the lookout for work, shearers Lewis McCleod and Painter Hayes arrive at Drysdale Downs, the West Australian station belonging to John Drysdale. Lewis has been under Painter's wing since he was just a lad, but when he meets John's daughter Clara, everything is going to change.

Unflinching in its examination of the 1950s repressive male culture of rural Australia, this simple story with its strong and convincing characters, is enhanced by its reverent observation of the outback.

Winner of the Ockham NZ Book for fiction 2016.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Beautifully written, it has a really authentic taste of Australia and has strong male characters."

"I thought this was a terrific book, even better than 'Traitor', his first book."

"Some BDS members will be put off by the violence and the language, but it's not throughout the book."

"Complex male characters are often lacking in modern fiction. Not so with this book, as we have two versions of the Australian male in the 1950s and 1960s.

"I loved the subplot with the dingoes."

"Mr Daisley's writing style is like that of a new Hemingway - very terse and every word adds something more to the story."

"I'd put this book 'way up there', but possibly slightly behind 'Traitor', because is has more to do with Australia rather than NZ."
Categories: Fiction - New Zealand, Award Winner, Love story, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, Australia, 2018 Titles


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