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Win one of 20 copies of Snake Island by Ben Hobson, thanks to Allen & Unwin.

Snake Island takes you to the limits of human emotion. A vivid, consuming dive into family loyalty, violence, and the hearts broken when the two collide.’ Candice Fox, bestselling author of Crimson Lake

Vernon and Penelope Moore never want to see their son Caleb again. Not after he hit his wife and ended up in gaol. A lifetime of careful parental love wiped out in a moment.

But when retired teacher Vernon hears that Caleb is being regularly visited and savagely bashed by a local criminal as the police stand by, he knows he has to act. What has his life been as a father if he turns his back on his son in his hour of desperate need? He realises with shame that he has failed Caleb. But no longer.

The father of the man bashing Caleb is head of a violent crime family. The town lives in fear of him but Vernon is determined to fix things in a civilised way, father to father. If he shows respect, he reasons, it will be reciprocated. But how wrong he is.

And what hell has he brought down on his family?

Reading like a morality tale Western but in a starkly beautiful Australian setting, Snake Island is a propulsive literary thriller written with great clarity and power. It will take you to the edge and keep you there long after the final page is turned.

‘A rollicking tale of crime, corruption, and vengeance.’ Mark Brandi, bestselling author of Wimmera 

‘Remarkable. Ben Hobson’s characters are deeply flawed, deeply human and beautifully realised. Part Western, part Greek tragedy, part morality tale – yet wholly original.’ Chris Hammer, bestselling author of Scrublands

To find out more about this great read, go to www.allenandunwin.com

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Please note this competition is open from 5th August 2019 until 2nd September 2019 and is only available to members of Mouths Of Mums. This competition is a game of skill – answer in 50 words or less. We are unable to accept entries posted via facebook. Facebook LIKE functionality is not a requirement of entry to this competition. The winners of this competition will be published on this page. Winners’ name and address will be provided to the promoter of this competition and prizes will be sent to the address you have in Your Profile. Please ensure your details are up to date so that you receive your prize.

Winners for this competition

  1. E. McKeown - VIC
  2. A. Smyth - WA
  3. S. Hay - QLD
  4. E. Lewis - QLD
  5. B. Yudkin - VIC
  6. C. Brauer - NSW
  7. M. Field - WA
  8. C. HUMBLES - NSW
  9. A. Johnson - NSW
  10. F. Pettett - VIC
  11. A. Tennent - VIC
  12. J. Leeding - VIC
  13. M. Goldsworthy - TAS
  14. C. McLovin - QLD
  15. J. Austin - NSW
  16. T. Burrows - QLD
  17. L. McCarroll - QLD
  18. N. Wilke - NSW
  19. J. Robertson - NSW
  20. J. Barrett - NSW
  • You are asking a lot there. So many to choose from, must be Colleen McCullough and “The Thorn Birds”. I loved that book which I am glad that I did before seeing the TV series. She was able to bring out so much in her stories.


  • So many great choices but Judy Nunn consistently delivers for me.


  • Loving Liane Moriarty after reading and then watching Big Little Lies.
    Captivating story, that has you on the edge of your seat wanting more.


  • It is Bryce Courtney (despite him being deceased). I have spent countless hours up at night reading his books when I should be asleep because you cant put them down.


  • My favourite Australian author would have to be Andy Griffiths. As a child I loved to read but was always bullied for it. His books would always put a smile on my face, make me laugh and make forget about the bullies. Even as an adult I love to read his books and reminisce on my childhood.


  • Tara moss is my favourite australian author


  • My favorite author is Byrce Courtenay. The power of one is by far my favorite book as it illustrates the sorrow that young PK goes through. Bullying, racism and How to overcome it together instead of alone.


  • John Marsden – the Tomorrow when the War Began books really captured my imagination in high school. He really takes on the teenage persona and creates characters that are alive in your mind.


  • Caroline Overington – I have read all of her fiction books and appreciate the detail with which she writes. Liaine Moriarty – I have loved most of her books, with twists at the end that throw all your theories out the door.


  • Rachel Johns. I think it’s because she writes about where I live and what happens. She is very right on tact with information for the outback.


  • That’s nearly as bad as bad as the grandchildren asking you who is your favourite.
    So many great authors too choose from, Bryce Courtney, Monica McInerney, Di Morrissey, Judy Nunn too name but a few. Enjoy all their talents.


  • Tim Winton, his book ‘Breath’ I found it very close to my heart growing up in the seventies, surfing. It was so real, bought back some great memories and some not so great, my first brake up was earthshattering at the time. Hahaha


  • Many years ago I met BRYCE COURTENAY and he was a great gentleman and brilliant author. His novels are so Australian and never failed to inspire me – Vale


  • I love reading books by Tim Winton. He is able to capture a scene, a character and setting with authenticity and still capture his unique writing style. Brilliant.


  • I just finished a book of Sarah Bailey and loved it !


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