To The Islands

By Randolph Stow


To the Islands, set in the far North West of Western Australia, is no simple clash between the old and the new.

Instead Stow has chosen for his hero an old white man, Stephen Heriot, who for many years has run a mission for Aboriginals. He has reached a crisis in his life where the simplicity of his ideals has exploded into chaos and love has been twisted into hate. His journey towards self-discovery and the islands of the dead brings him through suffering to a greatness he had always been capable of but never before reached.

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