Taking Tom Murray Home
Dairy farmer Tom Murray burns down his family home in an effort to alleviate debt and take a stand against the bank. Let us say not all goes according to his plan. This is a truly Australian protest story written in slang and with bone dry wit, it is timely and thought provoking. This bittersweet tale of a small community’s journey across the landscape to honour Tom’s legacy is about grief, challenging authority, hardship, loss & the resilience of people living on the land. A great easy read with heart. Kim
Bankrupt dairy farmer Tom Murray decides he'd rather sell off his herd and burn down his own house than hand them over to the bank. But something goes tragically wrong, and Tom dies in the blaze. His wife, Dawn, doesn't want him to have died for nothing and decides to hold a funeral procession for Tom as a protest, driving 350 kilometres from Yardley in country Victoria to bury him in Melbourne where he was born.
To make a bigger impact she agrees with some neighbours to put his coffin on a horse and cart and take it slow - real slow. 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.