The Winter Road

“This is essential reading by one of Australia’s finest nonfiction writers.” — Amanda Rayner, Readings newsletter review

The Winter Road was published in May 2021 by Black Inc., a nonfiction account of the murder of NSW environmental officer Glen Turner by the farmer, Ian Turnbull in 2014, and the cultural, historical, social and agricultural histories that surround that event.

On a country road in Croppa Creek, farmer Ian Turnbull faced environmental officer Glen Turner. What happened next shocked Australia.

“Kate Holden finds the epic thread in this crime and weaves a quintessential Australian story.” —Chloe Hooper

“A gripping account of our land, and our selves.” —Tara June Winch

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.

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