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Dirt Town

by Hayley Scrivenor

$32.99

Dirt Town

by Hayley Scrivenor

$32.99

$32.99

'A heart-wrenching mystery, Hayley Scrivenor's remarkable sense of place brings Dirt Town to life.' Jane Harper

'Beautifully written, compassionate, with an entirely credible but heart-breaking ending. A stunning debut.' Ann Cleeves

My best friend wore her name, Esther, like a queen wearing her crown at a
jaunty angle. We were twelve years old when she went missing.

On a sweltering Friday afternoon in Durton, best friends Ronnie and Esther leave school together. Esther never makes it home.

Ronnie's going to find her, she has a plan. Lewis will help. Their friend can't be gone, Ronnie won't believe it.

Detective Sergeant Sarah Michaels can believe it. She has seen what people are capable of. She knows more than anyone how, in a moment of weakness, a person can be driven to do something they never thought possible.

Lewis can believe it too. But he can't reveal what he saw that afternoon at the creek without exposing his own secret.

Five days later, Esther's buried body is discovered.

What do we owe the girl who isn't there?

Character-rich and propulsive, with a breathtakingly original use of voice and revolving points of view, Dirt Town delves under the surface, where no one can hide. With emotional depth and sensitivity, this stunning debut shows us how much each person matters in a community that is at once falling apart and coming together.

Esther will always be a Dirt Town child, as we are its children, still.

'You will not be able to put it down.' Hannah Kent

'Masterful. Australian crime has a new star.' Chris Hammer


Praise for Dirt Town:

'A heart-wrenching mystery, Hayley Scrivenor's remarkable sense of place brings Dirt Town to life. A stellar debut.' - Jane Harper

'Dirt Town is a remarkable debut, Hayley Scrivenor masterful in her deft handling of the tensions underpinning a small, regional town, and the complex characters that populate it. You will not be able to put it down.' - Hannah Kent

'I loved this. What wonderful writing. Scarily good! . . . Masterful. Australian crime has a new star. The characters of Dirt Town are rich, raw and beautifully realised. One of the crime books of the year. Intelligent, nuanced and compassionate.' - Chris Hammer

'Beautifully written, compassionate, with an entirely credible but heart-breaking ending. A stunning debut.' - Ann Cleeves

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781760987190
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pub Date: 31/05/2022
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    Fiction & related items / Crime & mystery
    Fiction & related items / Thriller / suspense
  • Imprint: Macmillan Australia
  • Pages: 368
  • Price: $32.99

'A heart-wrenching mystery, Hayley Scrivenor's remarkable sense of place brings Dirt Town to life.' Jane Harper

'Beautifully written, compassionate, with an entirely credible but heart-breaking ending. A stunning debut.' Ann Cleeves

My best friend wore her name, Esther, like a queen wearing her crown at a
jaunty angle. We were twelve years old when she went missing.

On a sweltering Friday afternoon in Durton, best friends Ronnie and Esther leave school together. Esther never makes it home.

Ronnie's going to find her, she has a plan. Lewis will help. Their friend can't be gone, Ronnie won't believe it.

Detective Sergeant Sarah Michaels can believe it. She has seen what people are capable of. She knows more than anyone how, in a moment of weakness, a person can be driven to do something they never thought possible.

Lewis can believe it too. But he can't reveal what he saw that afternoon at the creek without exposing his own secret.

Five days later, Esther's buried body is discovered.

What do we owe the girl who isn't there?

Character-rich and propulsive, with a breathtakingly original use of voice and revolving points of view, Dirt Town delves under the surface, where no one can hide. With emotional depth and sensitivity, this stunning debut shows us how much each person matters in a community that is at once falling apart and coming together.

Esther will always be a Dirt Town child, as we are its children, still.

'You will not be able to put it down.' Hannah Kent

'Masterful. Australian crime has a new star.' Chris Hammer


Praise for Dirt Town:

'A heart-wrenching mystery, Hayley Scrivenor's remarkable sense of place brings Dirt Town to life. A stellar debut.' - Jane Harper

'Dirt Town is a remarkable debut, Hayley Scrivenor masterful in her deft handling of the tensions underpinning a small, regional town, and the complex characters that populate it. You will not be able to put it down.' - Hannah Kent

'I loved this. What wonderful writing. Scarily good! . . . Masterful. Australian crime has a new star. The characters of Dirt Town are rich, raw and beautifully realised. One of the crime books of the year. Intelligent, nuanced and compassionate.' - Chris Hammer

'Beautifully written, compassionate, with an entirely credible but heart-breaking ending. A stunning debut.' - Ann Cleeves

Author Information

Hayley Scrivenor is a former Director of Wollongong Writers Festival. Originally from a small country town, Hayley now lives and writes on Dharawal country and has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wollongong on the south coast of New South Wales. Dirt Town is her first novel. An earlier version of the book was shortlisted for the Penguin Literary Prize and won The Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award.

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AUTHOR EVENTS

3 June 2022

Join Hayley Scrivenor and Samuel Elliott in-conversation to celebrate the release of Dirt Town. About The Event About the Book On a sweltering day in a small country town twelve-year-old Esther Bianchi disappears on her way home from school. A no-nonsense cop must put her ex-girlfriend out of mind and do everything she can to find the missing girl. Esther leaves people behind - a best friend who idolises her, a mother reeling from betrayal, a young boy who saw something, who doesn't even have words for what he is afraid of. And then there is the town itself: a chorus of children; impossible, all-seeing. The voice of a poor and dying place. Character-rich and propulsive, with a breathtakingly original use of voice and revolving points of view, Hayley Scrivenor delves under the surface, where no one can hide. With emotional depth and sensitivity, this stunning debut shows us how much each person matters in a community that is at once falling apart and coming together. About Hayley Hayley Scrivenor is a former Director of Wollongong Writers Festival. Originally from a small country town, Hayley now lives and writes on Dharawal country and has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wollongong on the south coast of New South Wales. Dirt Town is her first novel. An earlier version of the book was shortlisted for the Penguin Literary Prize and won The Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award. About Samuel Samuel Elliott is a Sydney-based writer and interviewer. He is the founder and host of The Write Way podcast. All episodes of the program are available on Spotify. Find him on socials at @samuel_elliott_author and @thewritewaypodcast

6:30 PM

Better Read Than Dead
256 King St Newtown NSW 2042 Website



4 June 2022

Are you mad for crime fiction? Then join Bad: All About Crime's podcast host Andy Muir as he speaks to two local debut crime authors, Dinuka McKenzie, author of The Torrent, and Hayley Scrivenor, author of Dirt Town who may be the next Australian queens of crime fiction.?

2:00 PM

Wollongong Town Hall
Crown St &, Kembla St Wollongong NSW 2500 Website



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