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Underground Road

A novel

Sharon Kernot

Underground Road
Damien, Edith, Kenneth and Mary are residents of a single street whose lives are ordinary to the last degree and as such encompass addiction and domestic violence, quiet achievements and small acts of kindness and treachery. Jack and Mary, locked at uncomfortably close quarters on Jack's retirement, chafe and sulk and fret. Edith finds solace in her lonely life playing the pokies. Young Damien, terrified of his stepfather Marcus and the school bully, broods on revenge. And Kenneth, unhinged, wanders the streets. Lives intertwine and decisions are made. And the tension grows to its shattering climax.

Praise for Underground Road:
'Underground Road is a sharply political novel, highlighting uncomfortable but necessary questions about justice, fairness and human rights - especially the rights of children to live safely and be looked after, to enjoy fulfilled and happy lives.' - Francesca Rendle-Short

'Underground Road is a brilliant debut novel by a talented author. I thoroughly enjoyed delving into the private lives of each character and found it shone an interesting light on Australian life. I canít wait to read more from Sharon Kernot.' - Debbie Phillips, Chronicle, Toowoomba

'Your social conscience is sure to feel challenged with this touching and truthful novel.' - Rama Gaind, PS News

Click here to read a review of Underground Road on Weekend Notes.

Sharon Kernot worked as a community support worker in a child protection agency in the northern suburbs of Adelaide for eleven years. She has a masters in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide and a PhD from Flinders University.

Sharon works now at the South Australian Writers Centre as Writer in Residence on the Disability Program, mentoring new writers and assisting them with their publishing goals. She has tutored at TAFE SA and Flinders University, and conducted many writing workshops for groups and schools over the years. Sharon is the co‑founder of North Eastern Writers Inc. and was on the organising committee of the Gawler Poetry Readings for two years.

Underground Road is Sharon Kernot's first novel. It was shortlisted in the Unpublished Manuscript category of the Adelaide Festival Awards in 2010. Sharon is also the author of a collection of short stories, In the Shadows of the Garden, and one of poetry, Washday Pockets. You can find her website at www.sharonkernot.com.au.

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Format Paperback
Size 210 x 135 mm
ISBN 9781743051924
Extent 232 pages
Price: AU$24.95 including GST
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