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Darkness on the Edge of Town - Jessie Cole

Darkness on the Edge of Town

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My dad, he collects broken things ... Where other people see junk he sees potential ... My dad collects broken people too ...

Vincent is nearly forty years old, with little to show for his life except his precious sixteen-year-old daughter, Gemma: sensitive, insightful and wise beyond her years.

When a stranger crashes her car outside Vincent and Gemma′s bush home, their lives take a dramatic turn. In an effort to help the stranded woman, father and daughter are drawn into a world of unexpected and life-changing consequences.

DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN is a haunting tale that beguiles the reader with its deceptively simple prose, its gripping and unrelenting tensions, and its disturbing yet tender observations.

About the Author

Jessie Cole was born in 1977 and grew up in an isolated valley in northern New South Wales. In 2009 she was awarded a HarperCollins Varuna Award for Manuscript Development, and her work has appeared in Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin, and the Big Issue. Nowadays, she lives in her childhood home with her two sons.

DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN is Jessie’s debut novel.

achingly brilliant... what a writer!


One of my all time favourite books and that is high praise as I am an avid reader. A 'good samaritan' bites off almost more than he can chew... his daughter is confused by his attention to the stranger, his 'sort of' girlfriend is alarmed. So many lives turned upside down by a fragile, lovely, wounded girl. I kept sighing with longing for I don't know what? This is affecting writing, especially from someone so young.. read her first novel Deeper Water as well, you will not be disappointed.

perth, western australia


Light and Fun


Light and interesting. Kept me entertained. Also my 90 year old father enjoyed



fantastic read and story


great book, straight away lent to a friend, not what i was expecting but a fantastic story! would highly recomended

sunbury, victoria, australia


Darkness on the Edge of Town

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ISBN: 9780732293192
ISBN-10: 0732293197
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st July 2012
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.5  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.32

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