To Name Those Lost

To Name Those Lost

Book - 2014
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To Name Those Lost is the story of a father's journey. Wilson has an eye for the dirt, the hardness, the sheer dog-eat-doggedness of the lives of the poor. Human nature is revealed in all its horror and beauty as Thomas Toosey struggles with the good and the vile in himself and learns what he holds important.
Summer 1874, and Launceston teeters on the brink of anarchy. After abandoning his wife and child many years ago, the Black War veteran Thomas Toosey must return to the city to search for William, his now motherless twelve-year-old son. He travels through the island's northern districts during a time of impossible hardship - hardship that has left its mark on him too. Arriving in Launceston, however, Toosey discovers a town in chaos. He is desperate to find his son amid the looting and destruction, but at every turn he is confronted by the Irish transportee Fitheal Flynn and his companion, the hooded man, to whom Toosey owes a debt that he must repay.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Europa Editions, 2014
ISBN: 9781609453497
Branch Call Number: FICTION WILSO...R
Characteristics: 267 pages ; 21 cm


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Oct 09, 2017

Tasmania,1874 and Toosey, searches his motherless twelve year old son, while his ex-inmate chases him down. A Dickens adventure cast in a wilderness of rough justice and earthy vernacular. It was The Luminaries (Booker winner) that had me seek this era, and Wilson has the quality.

Apr 30, 2017

Almost gothic western it does remind one of Cormac McCarthy. A cast of imperfect and damaged characters set in the harshness of post- convict Tasmania. The author keeps you turning the pages as the plot has the well drawn characters struggle and collide in violent and bloody retribution.

Dec 02, 2015

This picks up on Wilson's earlier book 'The Roving Party', but you don't need to have read it to enjoy this book. Set in Launceston after the suspension of transportation, it reads a little like a western (think Cormac McCarthy) where damaged men pursue each other and the legacy of convictism lingers.

DevilStateDan Oct 04, 2015

#2015ReadingChallenge #ABookSetInMyHomeTown #StaffPickles
At its heart, this is a story about love & grief, loss & vengeance.
Set to the violent & chaotic backdrop of the Launceston Railway Riots in 1870's Tasmania in the searing heat of summer the central characters all demonstrate considerable depth to them, their choices & actions blurring the lines of good vs evil in people & behaviours.
Beautiful language & descriptive writing, the place & time itself bearing impact on the characters' decision making, and excellent to see such great storytelling coming from & about Tasmania, especially depicting the difficult times in its history!
Top stuff all round & hopefully a winner of the 2015 Tasmania Book Prize


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