Katrina Watson Author

Katrina Watson's debut novel

"The Bones"

‘Helen Garner meets Jed Mercurio, Katrina Watson’s “The Bones” is a triumphant debut.’
– MJ Hyland (author of three best-selling novels, short-listed for the Booker Prize).

Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Rotary’s international campaign to end polio.

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Katrina Watson's debut novel, "The Bones", is now published: ‘a triumphant debut!’

Shelley Conway is a medical student with a keen social conscience. However, in 1970s Australia, her medical school has no social conscience at all. The coursework is inhumane, and students have to toughen up and shut up.

Shelley is shocked to realise that not only is it compulsory for every student to purchase a box of human bones, but that nobody ever asks where the bones come from.

When Shelley finds a coded message in her box of bones, she is galvanised into action. She defies the Dean’s threat to expel her from the course and goes to India to determine the origin of the bones.

What she discovers is much, much worse than she’d ever imagined.

The Bones is a gripping political mystery, wrapped up in questions of justice, trauma and humanity.

The Book Launch

‘Lovingly evocative of its time and place, Katrina Watson’s impressive debut novel is an empowering account of a young woman’s journey of self-discovery through a vividly-etched, adventure-filled landscape.’  – Paul Strangio, author of ‘Keeper of the Faith’.

‘“The Bones” is a great read – packed with humour, energy, lovable characters, and full of good old-fashioned heart. Shelley Conway is adorable.’ – Jacinta Halloran (author of four novels including ‘Dissection’).

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The Book Launch

‘Lovingly evocative of its time and place, Katrina Watson’s impressive debut novel is an empowering account of a young woman’s journey of self-discovery through a vividly-etched, adventure-filled landscape.’  – Paul Strangio, author of ‘Keeper of the Faith’.

‘“The Bones” is a great read – packed with humour, energy, lovable characters, and full of good old-fashioned heart. Shelley Conway is adorable.’ – Jacinta Halloran (author of four novels including ‘Dissection’).

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Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah MP
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How to get your hands on “The Bones”? 

You can order through Amazon, Booktopia and other book-supplying websites, or through your local library or your local bookstore.