Wood Green



Michael, an aspiring writer who has recently finished his PhD, takes a job as the secretary to his literary hero, Lucian Clarke, a reclusive novelist with a mysterious cosmopolitan past, who lives in a cottage in a village on a mountain outside Hobart which gives the book its title, Wood Green. Peopled by an ensemble cast, the local publican, the single mother who manages the pub’s kitchen, the unhappily married couple that runs the corner store, a newcomer from Johannesburg with a murky past, a snivelling B&B proprietor and a determined ex-girlfriend, Wood Green artfully evokes the claustrophobia of small-town life. While Michael believes he is making a new life for himself, Lucian has other plans. Rabin writes with wit and intelligence – and deftly executes an unsuspected plot twist – in his exploration of the perils of literary ambition and the elusive prospect of artistic legacy.


Print ISBN : 978-1-925336-08-5
pp : 256
June 2016

Sean Rabin author photo

Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Sean Rabin has worked as a cook, script reader, copy-editor, freelance journalist and librarian. He has lived in Ireland, Italy, London and New York, and now resides in Sydney, Australia. His short stories have been published locally (Best Australian Stories 2012 and Wet Ink) and in the United States (Permafrost, Eleven Eleven, Eyeshot, Toad Suck Review and The Worcester Review).




ReviewsSean Rabin author photo

Sydney Morning Herald
The Australian
Tasmanian Writers’ Centre review
The Saturday Paper
Books and Publishing
Sydney Review of Books
Book Munch
A Bigger Brighter World


Paige Turner interviews Wood Green (Podcast)
Final Draft interview (Podcast)

For readers and book groups

A note from the author (PDF)
Reading group notes (PDF)