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Thomas Allen, a famous novelist aged about 55, has just died. He and his third wife of three years, the beautiful Catherine, have been staying in a small town just outside (for example) Sydney.
Thomas is buried in the local cemetery by his old friend, Catholic priest and probable alcoholic, Father John Houseman. Assisting in the burial as gravedigger is ex-soldier Michael McManus, a Scot. After the burial Father John sends his cleaner, Vicki, around to help Catherine clean up.
Vicki has a connection with Michael, Father John has connections with all three. And then Thomas’s unacknowledged son, Jake, comes to town.
The Ice Season investigates faith and fate, art, love and damage in the contemporary Western world.
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Female | 30s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 14
EXTRACT: I sit in the gate lounge. I watch her. She is a generalised loveliness of perhaps thirty years old - at least twenty years younger than me. She wears no wedding ring. She's a tall, slim woman. My wife - my current wife - is of average height for a woman, as I am for a man. This girl - this woman - would be of equal height or perhaps slightly taller than me. Her features are classic - that is to say, straight nose, fine large eyes, determined chin, creamy white skin, Snow White/Ruby Red, red, red lips.
Male | 20s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 64
EXTRACT: And we turn again, on a right angle about 50 metres from the river and then there's this almighty bang. And I see like a fireball hit the front right hand side of the snatch. And I know what it is right away. 'Roadside bomb' as y' newspapers say. And I feel myself lifting up - up. Like a great arc. Like a bird maybe. Can't hear a thing. I can't feel it neither. I'm flying. And I still can't work out how I landed. How I can be on the ground, with just a bit of a bleed...Adult themes