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The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld

Macquarie


The Bass Rock is superbly gothic. It follows the stories of three women, each connected by the both subtle and overt ways male perpetrated violence hangs over their lives. Sexual violence in particular is examined as a dehumanising omnipresence in the lives of women and children, and Wyld explores the historical and current emphasis on silence, even when many are aware of what is going on. Although it is quite dark, there are moments of humour and lightness thanks to Wyld’s witty characterisation of Ruth and Viv. The Bass Rock also highlights the ways women choose to rebel, to make decisions for themselves and support one another – but the ‘Wolfman’ is always lurking. Utterly well written and haunting, this is a novel that will stay with me for a long time. – Georgia 


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