The Better Son to be released in B-format this December

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We are thrilled to announce that Katherine Johnson’s award-winning Tasmanian novel The Better Son will be released in B-format in December, 2017. This is a fantastic result of the ongoing success of the novel, which was originally released in October 2016. The Better Son is a richly imaginative and universal story about the danger of secrets, the beauty in forgiveness and the enthralling power of Tasmania’s unique natural landscapes.


It is the winner of:

The University of Tasmania Prize (Tasmanian Literary Awards 2013)

People’s Choice Award for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Writer (Tasmanian Literary Awards 2013)

The Varuna HarperCollins Manuscript Development Award 2013


And longlisted for:

The Tasmania Book Prize 2017

The Indie Book Awards 2017 in Fiction


We are so pleased with the books success and the excellent praise it continues to receive. This is an amazing achievement for Katherine and her novel The Better Son. Be sure to pick up a copy in-store or from our website here. RRP $19.99.



'The Better Son maps an emotional landscape as shifting and precarious as the limestone country so splendidly evoked here. Katherine Johnson is a sure-footed guide to lives hollowed out by secrets that reach deep into the past.' MICHELLE DE KRETSER, Miles Franklin Literary Award winner


'A fabulous read: moving, haunting, at times devastating, redemptive, and so evocative of the Mole Creek area.' Vern Field, editor of ISLAND MAGAZINE


'A gripping story of loss, trauma and the devastating impact of family secrets, The Better Son is a literary thriller that haunts the reader well beyond its final page.' 
RACHEL POWER, author of Creativity and Motherhood: The Divided Heart