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When There's Nowhere Else To Run

Murray Middleton

RRP: £8.99

6 October 2016

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781760292584

In one way or another, isn’t everyone on the run?

A survivor of bushfires takes asylum with old friends. An editor-in-chief drives his sister halfway around Australia to an east-coast rehabilitation clinic. A single mother flies to Perth with her autistic son for one last holiday. A father at the end of his tether tries to survive the chaos of the Sydney Royal Easter Show. A group of young friends hire a luxury beach house in the final weeks of one of their lives. A postman hits a pedestrian and drives off into the night.

When There’s Nowhere Else to Run is a collection of stories about people who find their lives unravelling. They are teachers, lawyers, nurses, firemen, chefs, gamblers, war veterans, hard drinkers, adulterers, widows and romantics. Seeking refuge all across Australia, from the wheat belt, the limestone desert of South Australia, the sugar cane towns of Queensland, the hinterland of New South Wales to the coastline of Victoria, they discover that no matter how many thousands of kilometres they put between themselves and their transgressions, sometimes there’s nowhere else to run.