• The Winter Road

  • A Story of Legacy, Land and a Killing at Croppa Creek
  • By: Kate Holden
  • Narrated by: Jessica Douglas-Henry
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
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An epic true story of greed, power and a desire for legacy from an acclaimed Australian storyteller.

July 2014, a lonely road at twilight outside Croppa Creek, New South Wales: 80-year-old farmer Ian Turnbull takes out a .22 and shoots environmental officer Glen Turner in the back.

On one side, a farmer hoping to secure his family’s wealth on the richest agricultural soil in the country. On the other, his obsession: the government man trying to apply environmental laws. 

The brutal killing of Glen Turner splits open the story of our place on this land. Is our time on this soil a tale of tragedy or triumph - are we reaping what we’ve sown? Do we owe protection to the land, or does it owe us a living? And what happens when, in pursuit of a legacy, a man creates terrible consequences? 

Kate Holden brings her discerning eye to a gripping tale of law, land and inheritance. It is the story of Australia.

©2021 Kate Holden (P)2021 W F Howes

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  • Kerrie
  • 04-02-22

A must read for everyone

I remember the murder happening and being shocked at the time that someone doing their job could have this happen, but when I thought about what I saw growing up on an Australian farm I thought, yes I have seen this anger before. the regeneration movement is steadily growing and I hope this continues. we also need to stop farming land that is unfarmable, if you only get 1 or 2 good years off a farm then why stay there. we need to be more clever about how we produce food and protect what little is left of our environment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-10-22

Gripping story, dynamically delivered

Kate Holden gives philosophical, historical and psychological context to a murder by a wealthy landowner of a government inspector. The story itself is a mirror of the attitudes to the environment, land and nature that seem to lock us into a destructive trajectory. She reveals the precariousness of the rule of law, the veneer of civilisation in the face of a ferocious entitlement that disregards the common good. The narrator Jessica Douglas Henry brings the energy and nuance this thoughtful and gripping book deserves.

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  • laura
  • 02-24-22

Poignant insight into farm/conservation tension

This well-written and skilfully narrated book provides timely insigh into value systems in tension in Australia: that of the embattled Australian farmer and the nation's conservation interests. The book is structured around the events preceding and following the tragic murder of conservation officer, Glen Turner. His death served to highlight the shortcomings, in both structure and implementation, of Australia's biodiversity legislation. in this way, the book provides a constructive policy commentary.

Will appeal to those who enjoy Gabrielle Chan's writing about Australian regional and agricultural interests, or similar cultural accounts in American writing such as Hillbilly Ellegy (J.D. Vance) and Educated (Tara Westover)

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  • Mike C
  • 02-04-22

dark story of loss

well researched and has a strong authors voice. very memorable but perhaps over long. the references to philosophy and history that inhabit the earlier chapters seem to set up some arguments that fall away in the latter half of the book. it could have been great but loses its way a bit.

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  • Graham
  • 01-13-22

Great recount! Narrator was excellent!

The lead up to the murder of Glen Turner by Ian Turnbull was riveting in itself, but the authors research and recounting of the history of land management in Australia was adeptly woven into the events that took place.
This was an excellent narrative, made even more engaging by the narrator’s wonderful rendition of the broad range of accents, reflecting the culture of historical contributors and the personality of the farming community. Truly engaging.