Tom Climbs the Fence is a novel I wrote after my sister died in 2007.
Launched at Readings in Melbourne in 2010, it is distributed throughout Australia and New Zealand by Dennis Jones & Associates.
What it’s all about
Jack returns to his empty childhood home seeking a quiet life but is instead thrust into an epic battle to help save his neighbour Tom from a drug addiction.
Amid a cycle of violence and desperation, Jack falls in love with Tom’s sister Amy – an old friend – and the two rediscover a special bond as they nostalgically reflect on the past and bravely confront the present.
Tom Climbs the Fence is a revealing story of one man’s struggle to regain his life, told by someone witnessing – and living – his pain. It is a raw insight into addiction and its devastating effects, and the courage and love needed to fight it.
Some Praise For Tom
‘Eminently readable… a resounding success’
A ‘gripping read’
‘Honest and raw’
(3CR’s Published or not)
‘Raw and real’
Review in The Examiner
Interview on ABC radio/online
Interview in the Bendigo Advertiser