But on the night of their departure, someone burns down the local bank. And as the motley funeral procession passes through Victoria, there are more mysterious arson attacks. Dawn has five days to get to Melbourne. Five days, five more towns, and a state ready to explode in flames ...
Told with a laconic, deadpan wit, Taking Tom Murray Home is a timely, thought-provoking, heart-warming, quintessentially Australian story like no other. It's a novel about grief, pain, anger and loss, yes, but it's also about hope - and how community, friends and love trump pain and anger, every time.
'With characters you'll love and who will make you simultaneously laugh and cry, Slee weaves a bittersweet, hilarious and touching story that is sure to find its place as an Australian classic.' Better Reading
'An absolute ripper of a story ...with a madcap cast of characters including farmers, hippies and lots of cops, with moments so funny I had to put the book down to laugh.' Adelaide Advertiser
'It has all the elements of good storytelling, grounded in a clear-eyed understanding of how and why rural Australia is struggling in the 21st century' Sydney Morning Herald