A compelling novel about a powerful relationship between a troubled teenager and his grandfather, set in the Tasmanian Wilderness.
'I'm miserable and sixteen. In that order.' Sixteen can be a tough time. And it's almost unmanageable for a wisecracking boy whose temper is white-hot. Sentenced to a time-out with his grandfather in a remote shack in the Tasmanian forest, there is little to do except chop wood and watch the red-eyed wallabies gather at dusk. They are an unlikely couple: a taciturn old man who prefers the simple life, and a volatile boy addicted to the technology of the 21st century - and yet a bond blossoms between them. But denied access to much he desires, and feeling provoked by a local cop cynical of city folk, the boy's frustration grows. And when he encounters situations he can't control, anything could happen...
Barry Jonsberg was born in Liverpool in England. At school he was very good at English, but tried to become a doctor by selecting Science subjects in senior school. He was not very good at Science. He re-took exams in English and went on to get two degrees in English from Liverpool University and then became an English college lecturer in the UK before moving to Australia in 1999. Barry now lives in Darwin with his wife Anita, his step-children and two dogs, Jai and Zac.