William Ross invites his estranged family over for Christmas. Then he discovers that blood is really thicker than water. This contemporary thriller captures the magic of the ancient Greek tragedies and transports it to the equally magic Australian landscape. Richard Yaxley is the winner of the 'Young Adult Book Award' in the 2010 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards in Australia, which were announced on 31 August 2010. For Drink the Air '... a beautifully nuanced, gentle and moving tale about grief and love ... a genuinely affective and yet unprepossessing work, which surprised and impressed the judges with the authenticity of the emotions conveyed, the author's literary skill, and his poetic control of his material.'