Paul Howarth

Author of the Award-Winning Novel



A story of two brothers on a trail of revenge


Queensland, Australia, 1885.

One scorching day in the deserted outback, brothers Tommy and Billy McBride return home to discover a devastating tragedy.

Distraught and eager for revenge, the young men set out in search of the perpetrators, aided by their ruthless neighbour John Sullivan, and the Queensland Native Police - an armed militia infamous for hunting down Indigenous Australians.

The retribution that follows will embroil the brothers in a heartbreaking injustice, uniting them in a battle for survival, and forever tearing them apart.



Superb...savage brilliance

The Times, Books of the Year

The drama of an American Western

The New York Times

A gripping novel...

beautifully done

Paulette Jiles

Everything about this novel is alive

Amazon, Books of the Year

An instant classic

Irish Independent

An impressive debut

Tim Winton

Stunning...grips from

the outset

The Irish Times

Gripping and vivid...


John Boyne

A powerhouse page-turner

Willy Vlautin



Paul Howarth is a British-Australian novelist and former lawyer. In 2018 his debut novel Only Killers and Thieves was published to international acclaim, winning the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, being short- or long-listed for many other accolades, and featuring on numerous best books of the year lists.

Paul is currently working on his next novel and can usually be found in his garden office in Norwich, England, dreaming his way back to the Australian bush...

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