Magabala Books

Australia’s leading Indigenous publisher Support us

We respectfully caution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers that this website contains images of people who have passed away.

Close

The Wounded Sinner

SHORTLISTED - 2019 WA Premier’s Prize for an Emerging Writer Award  

Leonora – back to Jeanie's roots and family. Matthew's father, Archie, is dying and he spends three weeks out of four caring for him in The Wounded Sinner, his grand, decaying family home. Whilst Matthew is away, Jeanie stays and works as a teacher and looks after their five children. Their eldest, Jaylene, is hitting adolescence and is challenging Jeanie's self-image and burgeoning sense of identity. On a hot desolate day in the West Australian hinterland, Matthew's car finally breaks down. Vince, whose own family is falling apart in unanticipated ways, stops to pick him up and, in among the chaos of their lives, an unlikely friendship is formed.

In this unforgettable debut, The Wounded Sinner shines a light on growing old, fidelity and identity which run through this unique and gritty novel, in which all are asking the ultimate questions about life, death and the purpose of it all.

$19.95

Praise for The Wounded Sinner

"This debut is an oddly powerful and engaging story of two families connected by chance."

Kerryn Goldsworthy
Sydney Morning Herald

 

"In his debut novel, Gus Henderson uses landscape and loss to determine the negotiations his characters make in the chaos of their lives. Tackling misogyny, racism and identity through the 'thorny clutter of a wasted life' this novel is an important addition to West Australian literature."

Writing WA

Gus Henderson

Gus Henderson was born in Sydney in 1950, and had a turbulent upbringing, much of it with his auntie and uncle. He says his schooling was forgettable. He joined the Army in 1967 but did not serve in Vietnam. He...

Read more

 

 

Read Gus Henderson's interview with The Wheeler Centre

Read Gus Henderson's interview with The Centre For Stories