Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781760556785
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pub Date: 11/01/2018
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
  • Imprint: Picador Australia
  • Pages: 288
  • Price: $17.99

"Unsettling and gripping" Sydney Morning Herald

Two brothers elude a press witchhunt by hiding out in the remote wilds of highland Scotland.

One of them is a murderer.

But it's the other you have to watch out for...

Daniel Shand's brilliant debut is at once a tense psychological thriller, and an unreliable narrative of unsettling force. Fallow heralds the arrival of a startling new talent in literary fiction.


"Concerned with the complexity of feeling, the tensions between the brothers - joined together by guilt, resentment, fear and need... Shand coolly presents us with the disintegration of a personality... with considerable skill and daring" The Scotsman

"A brilliant, unpredictable road novel, curdled through with a unique descriptive lyricism" Alan Warner

"Shand's debut is a haunting but memorable psychological thriller that tells a tale of brotherly love that comes at a terrible price." West Australian

"If you're after a cast of interesting and vibrant characters, and you're ready to go to some pretty weird places, this unsettling Scottish road trip will suit you just fine." AU Review

"A tense and suspenseful road trip to damnation" Sunday Herald

"A road trip, a modern Biblical parable, and a tense psychological thriller with echoes of Cormac McCarthy" Joanne Harris

Author Information

Daniel Shand is a currently studying a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. He has performed his work at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and was the winner of the University of Edinburgh's Sloan Prize for Scots Fiction 2012 and of University of Dundee's Creative Writing Award. His debut novel, Fallow, won the Betty Trask Award 2017 for a novel of outstanding literary merit.