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Goodwood - Holly Throsby


Published: 28th September 2016
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A delightful debut novel of secrets and small town obsessions from Australian musician and songwriter, Holly Throsby.

It wasn't just one person who went missing, it was two people. Two very different people. They were there, and then they were gone, as if from a crack in the sky. After that, in a small town like Goodwood, where we had what Nan called 'a high density of acquaintanceship', everything stopped. Or at least it felt that way. The normal feeling of things stopped.

Goodwood is a small town where everyone knows everything about everyone. It's a place where it's impossible to keep a secret.

In 1992, when Jean Brown is seventeen, a terrible thing happens. Two terrible things. Rosie White, the coolest girl in town, vanishes overnight. One week later, Goodwood's most popular resident, Bart McDonald, sets off on a fishing trip and never comes home.

People die in Goodwood, of course, but never like this. They don't just disappear.

As the intensity of speculation about the fates of Rosie and Bart heightens, Jean, who is keeping secrets of her own, and the rest of Goodwood are left reeling.

Rich in character and complexity, its humour both droll and tender, Goodwood is a compelling ride into a small community, torn apart by dark rumours and mystery.

About the Author

Holly Throsby is a songwriter, musician and novelist from Sydney, Australia. She has released four critically acclaimed solo albums, a collection of original children's songs, and an album as part of the band, Seeker Lover Keeper. Goodwood is Holly's debut novel.


Over rated unfortunately


From the gushing reviews,I expected alot more from this book.it is very slow & lacking in character development.the plot is lost in the rambling prose

Sydney Australia


Love a good what happened?


There were characters I felt I knew well in this book from my own small town experience. The mystery and the characters keep you there guessing was it something sinister or something ordinary.

Hunter Valley, NSW


Scraping the surface of small-town life.


Fascinating from the view of a small-town .... Where everyone knows everyone else, and their secrets .... "a high density of acquaintanceship" which only happens in small-towns. Goodwood could be any small Australian town, much like the one where I live, so very different from city life and anonymity. When two people go missing the possibilities are endless, and so are the suspects. Keeps you guessing until the end. Clever prose and characters.

Crookwell, NSW 2583



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ISBN: 9781760293734
ISBN-10: 1760293733
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 28th September 2016
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3