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Aussies & Kiwis : Australian & Newzealander writers
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Octobre 2010

CHLOE HOOPER
Chloe Hooper was born in Melbourne in 1973. She was educated at the University of Melbourne and as a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University, New York.Her first novel, A Child’s Book of True Crime, was a New York Times Notable Book, and short-listed for the Orange Prize. She lives in Australia.

A Child’s book of true crime
Vintage
- ANG R HOO

Kate Byrne is having an affair with the father of her most gifted pupil, Lucien. Unnervingly, her lover’s wife has just published Murder at Black Swan Point, a true crime novel about the brutal slaying of a young adulteress. When Lucien displays violent imagery in his crayon sketches, Kate wonders how well her pupil understands his mother’s grisly work, and why he’s exposed to it. Suspecting the adult account of Black Swan Point’s murder to be wrong, Kate imagines her own version of the novel, for children, narrated by Australian animals. But has her obsession with the crime aligned her fate with that of the murdered adulteress ?

The Tall Man : Death and Life on Palm Island
Vintage
- ANG R HOO

In 2004, in a remote Aboriginal community in northern Australia, Cameron Doomadgee, a drunk young indigenous man, was arrested and, a few hours later, died in his prison cell. A witness claimed that the six-foot-seven-inch arresting officer beat Doomadgee to death. The officer claimed that Doomadgee fell accidentally and that the extent of his injuries (which included broken ribs and a ruptured liver) wasn’t apparent. Through the story of the manslaughter trial, Hooper lays bare Australia’s institutional racism and the grim conditions of Aboriginal life there.

GAIL JONES
Gail Jones teaches literature, cinema and cultural studies at the University of Western Australia. She is the author of Dreams of Speaking (Harvill/Vintage) for which she was longlisted for the Orange Prize in 2006. One previous novel Sixty Lights has been published in the UK for which she was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2004.

Sorry
Vintage
- ANG R JON

In the remote outback of North-west Australia, English anthropologist Nicholas Keene and his wife Stella raise a curious child, Perdita.. Emotionally adrift, Perdita develops a friendship with an Aboriginal girl, Mary, with whom she will share a very special bond. She appears content with her unusual family life in this remote corner of the globe until Nicholas Keane is discovered murdered.

Dreams of speaking
Vintage
- ANG R JON

Alice is entranced by the aesthetics of technology and, in every aeroplane flight, every Xerox machine, every neon sign, sees the poetry of modernity. Mr Sakamoto, a survivor of the atomic bomb, is an expert on Alexander Graham Bell. The pair forge an unlikely friendship as Mr Sakamoto regales Alice with stories of twentieth-century invention. His own knowledge begins to inform her writing, and these two solitary beings become a mutual support for each other a long way from home.

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