Archaeologist David Norfolk is searching for a 400-year-old Portuguese shipwreck off the coast of New South Wales.
Such a find would rewrite the history of Australia. But instead he unearths the body of a man murdered fifty years earlier, and begins to unravel a more personal kind of history.
An elderly recluse, dying in a nearby shack, seems to know something of the corpse's identity - and also its connection to the shipwreck.
He begins telling David about his own past, a story of a life marred by ambition, sexual passion, rivalry, deceit and betrayal.
But will he give David the information he needs before it is too late?
A haunting tale of the lure of the imagination and the destructive workings of obsession, "Wrack" is a first novel of unusual reach and suggestive power.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 25/12/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571245840