'He strolled down Valley Road, only briefly, past the hairdresser and a small cafe. A warm wind stirred, carrying with it the faint smell of pies and horses, and the man paused for just a moment before he sat down. Benny Miller would have driven right past him in her station wagon on that bright and brimming day.'
On the first day of summer in 1993, two strangers arrive in the town of Cedar Valley.
One is a calm looking man in a brown suit. He makes his way down the main street and walks directly to Cedar Valley Curios & Oldwares, sitting down on the footpath, where he leans silently against the big glass window for hours.
The other is 21-year-old Benny Miller. Fresh out of university, Benny has come to Cedar Valley in search of information about her mother, Vivian, who has recently died. Vivian's mysterious old friend, Odette Fisher, has offered Benny her modest pale green cottage for as long as she wants it.
Is there any connection between the man on the pavement and Benny's quest to learn more about her mother? Holly Throsby is the perfect guide as Cedar Valley and its inhabitants slowly reveal their secrets.
Praise for Goodwood:
'The kind of big-hearted, emotionally bruising story that reminds you why you love fiction… Goodwood is many things: a satisfying and conscientiously constructed mystery, an affectionate but clear-eyed portrait of a time and a place, and a darkly lovely coming of age story. But most of all, it's a complete revelation, the conjuring up of a sad, beautiful, indelible little world of its own' – The Sydney Morning Herald
'It has been a while since I lost a weekend to a debut novel…There is so much to enjoy about this book; my tip is that it will become a firm book club favourite. Five stars!' – Good Reading Magazine
About the Author
Holly Throsby is a songwriter, musician and novelist from Sydney, Australia. She has released five solo albums, a collection of original children's songs, an album as part of the band, Seeker Lover Keeper, and has been nominated for four ARIAs. Holly's debut novel, Goodwood (2016), was a critically acclaimed bestseller, shortlisted for the Indie, ABIA awards, Davitt and Ned Kelly awards.
Holly is a council member for the animal protection institute, Voiceless. She is active on social media, likes good books, cryptic crosswords, small towns, and dogs.
Available: 26th September 2018
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU