Don’t Say the Words


The wheels in the gravel driveway. The door. Him coming home. I was waiting because I hadn't seen him in a long time. I hadn't been alone with him in so long...

After a decade under siege a city has finally fallen. But ten years of rage have taken their toll. For an officer returning from this epic overseas campaign, it is time to put the horrors of battle behind him, and to take back his place at the family table.

For the officer's wife, it is time to take her revenge...

Tom Holloway's ‘epic-in-miniature' is inspired by Aeschylus' Agamemnon and a truly contemporary Australian landscape — with breathtaking results.

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  • 18+
  • adult, young adult
  • Currency Press


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Female | Unspecified | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 32

EXTRACT: Before I know what I shoot him. I shot him. I shot him in the head. I don't know. I feel. I mean I didn't mean. I don't know why I. I shot him right there in the bath three times and then. Then I called you straight away. I called you, officer, straight away. I shot him. I really. I mean I never ever thought I could do something like that but he hit me so bad. He. I didn't know what was. I was in a daze and there was so much blood and then I shot him.

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Male | Unspecified | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 41

EXTRACT: So. Ya talked about all that. Ya spent all night talkin'. Until the sun. Until the sun was back up in the sky. Like ya had talked since it went down all the way until when it came up again and ya battled and raged and held and hoped and did all those bloody things because of what ya were talkin' about and then. Then as the sun was comin' up. He caressed ya hair. Softly. He asked ya can ya do this.

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