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High levels of physical and sexual violence.

There were five now. The mugger, the sex offender, the wife-beater, the drug-dealer. And of course, Peter. Jason hadn’t needed a gun to kill Peter.


Jason Ennis doesn't understand why the world is such a confusing place. Why it's so difficult to read between the lines, so hard to understand what people want, such a struggle to fit in. Not that he isn’t trying as he works a dead-end job and chips away at a degree that’s going nowhere. But good things come to those who wait. Sometimes, when he least expects it, he gets a chance to make a real difference. To make the world a better place. By removing someone else from it. Someone who doesn’t fit in with his standards of behaviour, someone who reminds him of how they scarred him as a child.

“Damien Linnane’s Scarred is a poignant thriller that speaks to the addictiveness of vengeance. Jason Ennis emerges from an abominable childhood into an adulthood that is light on human connection. It’s a powerful debut, both page-turner and tragic exploration of the mistakes the well-meaning make when they don’t know how to feel.” – Edward Wright, book reviewer

“… a brilliant fiction debut. There is never a dull moment in the 400-plus pages, written with street-smart thought patterns that make the characters come to life in Sydney as they blend in to the people-scape.”

– Jim Kellar, editor of the Newcastle Herald Weekender

Scarred is published by Tenth Street Press and is available for purchase in both paperback and eBook formats.  Scarred is distributed in Australia by Ingram and the paperback version will be available for order in most bookstores.


A full list of online sellers for the paperback version can be found at Booko.

Scarred was short-listed for the 2022 Adaptable Program, run by the Queensland Writers Centre.

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A Memoir


Due for release
1 November  2023

Raw chronicles a childhood marred by physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and a man’s subsequent ineffective search for identity in gangs, the military, and dysfunctional relationships. The ongoing impacts of childhood trauma reach a climax when Damien firebombs the home of a man accused of rape. He subsequently becomes an artist and writer in prison.

Raw - A Memoir

“Childhood trauma. Unanswered cries for help. Coming to terms with sex, love and abuse. Damien Linnane’s memoir is written with the gritty truth of real life.”

– Jim Kellar, editor of the Newcastle Herald Weekender

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