A Suitcase in the Desert

Two lost children
A man in search of himself
An unforgiving land
An unlikely romance
A murder...

Matt Hudson is an emotionally damaged homicide detective who has dented his code of honour and lost a clear purpose in life. To fulfil his father's dying wish he embarks on a road trip along the famed Birdsville Track in the deserts of South Australia driving his father's old 1947 Dodge pick-up. Matt's journey involves several narratives and time frames: Australian Outback history; his Big Adventure when he and his sister were lost children in Sturt Stony Desert; his search for significant people of the past; and his inner philosophical journey to overcome despondency and guilt. Gradually the narratives converge to some surprising and dramatic disclosures.

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What readers say

A classic. A lovely book.

A.M. Canberra.
A Saucepan in the Sky

Never a dull moment.

50 something
A Saucepan in the Sky

A wonderful story beautifully told.

D. B. Campbelltown, NSW.
A Saucepan in the Sky

The humour and the entertaining bits make one laugh out loud, but underlying this is the layer of pathos and longing. Hyperbole confronts understatement; sensitive and poetic passages of intense sympathy contrast with brutal reality.

A.R. Applecross, WA
Wanderlust

I liked the surprise of it, the feeling that anything could happen. There is a time in life when one enters any open door. I guess that’s how you grow up.

R.W. Leura, NSW
Wanderlust

Your book is an affirmation of something or other that is probably too big to put a label on.

P.J. Paddington, NSW.
A Saucepan in the Sky

A Saucepan in the Sky has a lot more going for it than just a great title. Nicholls gets the child’s voice just right, no mean feat without getting mawkish

Marrickville Heritage Society Newsletter
A Saucepan in the Sky

It has everything: humour, pathos, history, laughter, tears.

C. McG. Perth, WA.
A Saucepan in the Sky

Some of the book was comfortably close to home for me: some uncomfortably so.

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A Saucepan in the Sky

I’m definitely going to be reading your book over and over because as well as the history behind it there are the constant stories of mischief and humour.

G.P. Healesville, Vic.
A Saucepan in the Sky

Philosophical but not academic. A good read. A tribute to women.

S.A Glebe, NSW
Wanderlust

I laughed the whole afternoon as I read it. How delightful in this grim world to find such humour.

P.W. Berwick, Vic.
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