Shaun Prescott’s novel The Town out today!

We’re super stoked to tell you that Shaun Presott’s debut novel The Town is in stores today, all across the country. You can pick up a copy of The Town at any good bookstore – and if they don’t happen to have it in stock, ask them why the hell not/to order it in.


Community radio host Ciara receives dozens of unmarked cassette recordings every week and broadcasts them to a listenership of none. Ex-musician Tom drives an impractical bus that no one ever boards. Publican Jenny runs a hotel that has no patrons. Rick wanders the aisles of the Woolworths everyday in an attempt to blunt the disappointment of adulthood.

In a town of innumerable petrol stations, labyrinthine cul-de-sac streets, two competing shopping plazas, and ubiquitous drive-thru franchises, where are the townsfolk likely to find the truth about their collective past – and can they do so before the town disappears?

Shaun Prescott’s debut novel The Town follows an unnamed narrator’s efforts to complete a book about disappeared towns in the Central West of New South Wales. Set in a yet-to-disappear town in the region—a town believed by its inhabitants to have no history at all—the novel traces its characters’ attempts to carve their own identities in a place that is both unyielding and teetering on the edge of oblivion.

For admirers of Gerald Murnane, Wayne Macauley, Robert Walser, and Thomas Bernhard, this novel speaks to who we are as people, and as a country, whether we like what it says or not.


“A bizarre novel—a séance for Kafka, Walser and Calvino—that tackles the ever-disappearing boundaries between youth and aging, between music and silence, the past and present. In a spry and lonely voice, Shaun Prescott has written an ominous work of absurdity.”
—Catherine Lacey, author of Nobody Is Ever Missing and The Answers

“Mind-bending, often hilarious, and sometimes heart-wrenchingly sad, The Town is one of the most original and exhilarating Australian novels I’ve ever read.”
—Wayne Macauley, author of Some Tests, Demons, The Cook, Caravan Story, and Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire Canoe

“Prescott has a real skill of presenting the banality of everyday life in a way that is wholly original and strange, but his real achievement here is that each aspect of this novel is expertly balanced, and the distanced tone manages to make the story’s most bizarre aspects seem commonplace. It’s hard to imagine that we’ll get a more original Australian novel this year.”
—Chris Somerville, author of We Are Not The Same Anymore

The Town is understated but compelling; the narrator’s deadpan voice recalls the lone existentialist figures of Sartre’s Nausea and Camus’ The Outsider, but contrasts this with a dream logic reminiscent of Twin Peaks. This is hypnotic literary fiction for readers who make as much meaning from a McDonald’s car park as the Sydney Harbour Bridge.”
—Sarah Farquharson, Books+Publishing


Shaun Prescott is a writer based in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. He has self-released several small books of fiction, including ‘Erica From Sales’ and ‘The End of Trolleys’, and was editor of Crawlspace Magazine. His writing has appeared in The Lifted Brow, The Guardian, Meanjin and more.


You can also order a copy from TLB’s online shop – and we’ll post it right to you.

Check out the other titles from TLB’s new book publishing imprint, Brow Books.

Read an excerpt from the book, published in the current issue of The Lifted Brow, here.