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Highway Thirteen

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25th July 2024

Price: £18.99

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529389876

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In 1998, an apparently ordinary Australian man is arrested and charged for a series of brutal murders. The news shocks the nation, bringing both horror and resolution to the victims’ families, but its impact travels even further: into the past, as the murders rewrite personal histories, and into the future, as true crime podcasts and biopics tell the story of the crimes.

From the killer’s childhood town to Texas, Rome and beyond, from the mid-twentieth century to the near-future, Highway Thirteen asks how do communities make sense of such atrocities? How does the mourning of families sit alongside the public fascination with terrible crimes? And can we tell true crime stories without centring the killers?


PRAISE FOR FIONA MCFARLANE'S THE SUN WALKS DOWN 'Steinbeckian Majesty' SUNDAY TIMES 'Moving and masterful' DAILY MAIL 'A thrilling success . . . full of mystery and wonder' WALL STREET JOURNAL 'Brilliant, fresh and compulsively readable' ANN PATCHETT 'I can't think of another writer working today who I admire more' KEVIN POWERS
Michelle de Kretser, author of SCARY MONSTERS
These sublime stories have the poise and clarity of classics. As Fiona McFarlane's characters edge towards revelation or disaster, her artistry shines on every page