Tensions have been slowly building in the old farming district of Winderran. Its rich landscape has attracted a new wave of urban tree-changers and wealthy developers. But traditional loyalties and values are pushed to the brink with the announcement of a controversial dam project. Locals Eugenie and Guy are forced to choose sides, while newcomer Nick discovers there are more sinister forces at work. The personal and the political soon collide in ways that will change their fates and determine the future of the town.
In Hinterland, Steven Lang has created a gripping novel that captures contemporary Australia in all of its natural beauty and conflicting ambitions.
The novel is already attracting glowing reviews. Kate Frawley in Books+Publishing writes:
‘It is stunning: a love story to the land and a tense exploration of the divisions arising from political alliances, personal beliefs and inherited ideals. Lang’s descriptions of the landscape are beautiful, evoking a stunning visual backdrop for the small hinterland town. His characters are vivid, revealing a true sense of their past and current allegiances, transgressions and ambitions.’
Steven is the author of two novels, An Accidental Terrorist, (UQP, 2005) which won Premier’s Literary Awards in both Queensland and New South Wales, and, 88 Lines About 44 Women (Viking, 2009), which was short-listed for the Fiction Award in both the Queensland and New South Wales Premiers’ Awards. He co-directs the extended writer’s festival Outspoken in Maleny, presenting conversations with well-known authors.
Kate Evans has worked in radio, TV, book publishing and universities. She joined Radio National in 1997, and has spent time both behind the scenes and in front of the microphone, on a range of programs including Rear Vision, Hindsight, Life Matters, The Comfort Zone, The Book Show, Australia Talks and MovieTime. During that time, she also completed a PhD in history, and worked on various TV and radio special projects. As someone whose greatest pleasure is reading books and speaking to interesting people, she’s delighted to be presenting ABC Radio’s BooksPlus.