The Winter Road by Kate Holden | Black Inc.

The Winter Road: A Story of Legacy, Land and a Killing at Croppa Creek

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Awards for The Winter Road

  • Longlisted, 2021 Mark & Evette Moran Nib Literary Award

About the author

Kate Holden

Kate Holden is the author of two acclaimed memoirs, In My Skin and The Romantic, and a regular contributor to The Saturday Paper, The Monthly and The Age.

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Praise for The Winter Road

‘This is a special book, and I cannot thank Holden enough for writing it. By telling the human story of a man and his land, Holden reveals the timelessness of brigalow country, and threads a narrative that is ecological, humane and grounding.’ —Anna Krien

‘Beautifully and compellingly told, shattering in its reverberations, The Winter Road is a story for our times – a battle that is being fought the world over as we try to find a better way of managing the land and respecting the forces of nature that sustain us.’ —Isabella Tree

‘Beautifully written, meticulously researched, carefully plotted and seamlessly stitched together. This book is a major contribution to the canon of Australian land and social history: a bedfellow with Francis Ratcliffe, W.E.H. Stanner, Tim Flannery, Bill Gammage and Bruce Pascoe … Its power is in exposing a hidden, suppurating sore in the psyche of our nation.’ —Charles Massy, author of Call of the Reed Warbler

‘Kate Holden finds the epic thread in this crime and weaves a quintessential Australian story.’ —Chloe Hooper

‘I felt utterly in the grip of this agonising and powerful parable. Kate Holden brilliantly telescopes centuries of history and law into fatal conversations at a farm gate. As one man stalks another on a winter road, the whole psyche of modern Australian settlement comes under trial. An enthralling and disturbing tale told with deep insight and compassion.’ —Tom Griffiths

‘A gripping account of our land, and ourselves’ —Tara June Winch

‘An incredible writer.’ —Books+Publishing

‘This is essential reading by one of Australia’s finest nonfiction writers.’ —Readings

‘In prose as rich as the landscape it describes, Holden’s book digs down into history, and sets it within the broader story of modern Australia’s relationship to the land … Holden is an excellent writer and weaves different elements together beautifully, moving from the Turner-Turnbull story to its historical and philosophical context with intelligence and panache. Above all, The Winter Road is a rebuke to the classical liberalism at the heart of societies such as our own.’ —The Australian

‘Holden relates with empathy and intelligence a dramatic and complex story, which has deep links to the past and profound implications for the future ... The genius of the book, which, as a model of reconstructive journalism places Holden alongside Chloe Hooper and Anna Krien, lies in Holden’s ability to apply her intense intellectuality to a topic that, in the most literal of senses, is so down to earth.’ —The Saturday Paper

‘Vividly written and meticulously researched’ —Tasmanian Times