Released on 09 May 2013.

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Southern Cross the Dog

3.16 based on 1005 ratings & 197 reviews on


When the Great Flood of 1927 devastates Mississippi, eight-year-old Robert Chatham loses everything.

Robert’s adventures in the brooding swamplands – from hard labour to imprisonment to thwarted love – are full of courage, danger and heartbreak. This is story of how a small, hurt boy becomes a tough, young man: forced to choose between the lure of the future and the claims of his past.

Set against one of the great American landscapes, Southern Cross the Dog is a mesmerizing and savagely beautiful novel. It marks the arrival of Bill Cheng as a writer of astonishing gifts.

In the media

Readers will enjoy Cheng's capacity for channelling classic southern voices, mind-sets, moods and mores.
Financial Times
You can feel the blues leaking out the edges of the pages.
Irish Sunday Independent
While American readers argue over its authenticity, British readers can sit back and relish this terrific slice of Southern Gothic.