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J.D. Shaw’s writing is infused with a enduring love of the Australian landscape,a  sardonic social critique, and his joy in celebrating difference. Laced with subtle social commentary, his work shines a spotlight on the often-bizarre conundrums of modern Australian life, the challenges we face as a society and our muddled road to an uncertain future.

J.D. Shaw’s first book, Iso and the Bushfire, an ecological children’s book, won the NSW Writers Centre’s Open Book Award for Children’s Fiction in 2007.

His second offering, Spit It Out!, a collection of poetry and short texts, was published in 2010. His shorter writing has also been published in Wet Ink Magazine and the anthology Everyday Splendour and Sapphire, Images and Art of the Sapphire Coast.

His new novel In Arcadia is a dark but playful journey to post climate change suburbia. An enclave of outrageous entitlement, Arcadia’s community zealously defends its affluence from an increasingly desperate outside world.

A gentle and hauntingly beautiful cli-fi road-trip, his second novel ‘Thirst’ meanders through a outback broken by unending drought. Interwoven through a vast Australian landscape, Thirst explores the future challenges caused by our present inaction on climate change and our over-exploitation of the planet’s natural resources and, at its conclusion, reveals a glimmer of hope at the chaotic end of the 21st century.

J. D. Shaw currently lives in Tathra, a small coastal community in southern New South Wales.

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A gentle and hauntingly beautiful cli-fi road-trip, Thirst meanders through an outback broken by unending drought.

 

Interwoven through a vast Australian landscape, Thirst explores the future challenges caused by our present inaction on climate change and our over-exploitation of natural resources and, at its conclusion, reveals a glimmer of hope at the chaotic end of the 21st century.

I read Thirst in 3 nights, I just loved it.  I loved the pace, the itchy heat, the emotions, the simplicity and yes, the feeling at the end of possibility... congratulations! – Peta

A terrifying home invasion force Tom and his young family to flee the crime-ridden inner-city for a fresh start in Arcadia; an idyllic suburb nestled on the city fringe, offering security and a sparkling new civic morality.

 

Arcadia’s refreshing new lifestyle quickly begins to tarnish however, when Tom stumbles upon some harsh and unpalatable truths that underpin the suburb’s affluent existence.

 

Unsettled by his grim discoveries, Tom is drawn on a journey that will bring storm clouds to the idyllic community, incur the wrath of Arcadia’s all-powerful Residents Association, drag the suburb to the very brink of disaster, and ultimately, threaten to tear his family apart.

 
 
 

Saturated in wry humour, Spit It Out! is a collection of short texts that ricochets from crusty inner-city streets and cafes to decrepit drought-busted dairy farms, from beaches to bad Chinese food, and from melancholy wine-soaked afternoons to psychotic all-night backgammon games.

Injected with venom and vengeance, beauty and bitterness, sadness and a gentle joy in everyday things, Spit It Out! leads us from dark evocative memories to some truly wicked tantrums.

"Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats".

Henry Louis Mencken

 

Iso and the Bushfire is a children’s story like few others. 

The book tells the story of a young bandicoot’s first experience with a bushfire burning through her heath land home.

Written from a uniquely ecological perspective the story introduces young readers to a different view of the Australian bush and its unique plants and animals through their experiences with a destructive but vital part of the ecological cycle – bushfire.

 

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