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Taking Tom Murray home, Tim Slee

Label
Taking Tom Murray home
Title
Taking Tom Murray home
Statement of responsibility
Tim Slee
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The winner of the inaugural Banjo Prize, Taking Tom Murray Home is a funny, moving, bittersweet Australian story of fires, families and the restorative power of community. Bankrupt dairy farmer Tom Murray decides he'd rather sell off his herd and burn down his own house than hand them over to the bank. But something goes tragically wrong, and Tom dies in the blaze. His wife, Dawn, doesn't want him to have died for nothing and decides to hold a funeral procession for Tom as a protest, driving 350km from Yardley in country Victoria to bury him in Melbourne where he was born. To make a bigger impact she agrees with some neighbours to put his coffin on a horse and cart and take it slow - real slow. But on the night of their departure, someone burns down the local bank. And as the motley funeral procession passes through Victoria, there are more mysterious arson attacks. Dawn has five days to get to Melbourne before the police impound the coffin and force her to bury her husband. Five days, five more towns, and a state ready to explode in flames... Told with a laconic, deadpan wit, Taking Tom Murray Home is a timely, thought-provoking, heart-warming, quintessentially Australian story like no other. It's a novel about grief, pain, anger and loss, yes, but it's also about hope - and how community, friends and love trump pain and anger, every time
Summary
Bankrupt dairy farmer Tom Murray decides he'd rather sell off his herd and burn down his own house than hand them over to the bank. But something goes tragically wrong, and Tom dies in the blaze. His wife, Dawn, doesn't want him to have died for nothing and decides to hold a funeral procession for Tom as a protest, driving 350 kilometres from Yardley in country Victoria to bury him in Melbourne where he was born. To make a bigger impact she agrees with some neighbours to put his coffin on a horse and cart and take it slow - real slow. But on the night of their departure, someone burns down the local bank. And as the motley funeral procession passes through Victoria, there are more mysterious arson attacks. Dawn has five days to get to Melbourne. Five days, five more towns, and a state ready to explode in flames.
Awards note
Winner of the 2018 Banjo Prize.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10787594
Cataloging source
AU@
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Slee, Tom
Dewey number
A823.4
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dairy farmers
  • Australian fiction
  • Dairy farmers
  • Bankruptcy
  • Protests (Negotiable instruments)
  • Communities
  • Horse-drawn omnibuses
  • Arson
  • Widows
  • Husbands
  • Families
  • Arson
  • Communities
  • Funeral rites and ceremonies
  • Melbourne (Vic.)
  • Victoria
Target audience
adult
Label
Taking Tom Murray home, Tim Slee
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
A fire, a family, a very very slow funeral procession... and a protest that gets out of hand -- On cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000064823718
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
293 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781460711538
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1082355861
Label
Taking Tom Murray home, Tim Slee
Publication
Copyright
Note
A fire, a family, a very very slow funeral procession... and a protest that gets out of hand -- On cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000064823718
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
293 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781460711538
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1082355861

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