feather man
Published: 2007
No of Pages: 309
RRP: 26.95
ISBN Print: 1 876040 83 1

Feather Man

From parochial Brisbane of the 1950s, Sookie tries to escape her eccentric childhood where sinister sexuality is on the loose, and paint her way to better chances in the swinging London of the 1970s. Vastly intelligent, this dark comedy of the fictions of the heart is an edgy and dangerous work of portraiture.

“Brilliant, a fantastic achievement, full of the most terrific portraits… one of those books we will always remember… she joins a small group of writers who have created characters who are not necessarily sympathetic but we are totally on their side… a book of lasting power and beauty… and funny – I laughed out loud.” – Rodney Hall

“Highly original… extraordinarily well-written… told within a brilliant and exact mise-en-scene… wrapped in finely ironic and analytically acute prose… the way it is organized is very much what the Balzacs and Updikes of this world use to make their own structures… [she] shares with them a control of intention as [she] does also with Donna Tartt… I truly admire it.” – Peter Porter

2008 Winner of the Barbara Jefferis Award
2008 Winner of NSW UTS Award
2008 Shortlisted for the Australian Gold Medal for Literature
2007 Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Award for Fiction
Rights: World; UK and North American rights sold to Marion Boyars Publishers, Mainland China rights sold to Anhui Literature and Art Publishing House


About the Author

Rhyll McMaster

Rhyll McMaster’s poetry was published in The Bulletin while she was still a schoolgirl. Of her six poetry books, The Brineshrimp won the Harri Jones Memorial Award. Washing the Money won the Victorian Premier’s Award and the Grace Leven Prize. Flying the Coop was also awarded the Grace Leven Prize. On My Empty Feet was adapted as a radio play for the ABC. Her poems have been broadcast on national radio and television. Feather Man, McMaster’s first novel, won the inaugural Barbara Jefferis Award and the UTS Glenda Adams Prize in the NSW Premier’s Awards. Feather Man was also shortlisted...

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