Patrick Holland grew up in outback Queensland, Australia, where he worked as a horseman before moving to Brisbane. He has worked and studied in China and Vietnam and is the author of the travel book Riding the Trains in Japan: Travels in the Sacred and Supermodern East (Transit Lounge); the Saigon-based novel The Darkest Little Room (Transit Lounge); The Source of the Sound (Salt), a collection of stories that won the Scott Prize and was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award; and the novel The Mary Smokes Boys, which was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year.


The Mary Smokes Boys is a gem. The writing is absolutely terrific and the characters distinct and deftly revealed. This story is a heart wrecker.

Barry Lopez
Winner of the American Book Award

Grey’s mother dies giving birth to his sister, Irene, and he prays that she will be returned to him so he might protect her from the world as his father did not. This prayer, Grey believes, is answered in his sister. He becomes obsessed with protecting her purity and innocence while befriending...Forward

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