Sally Abbott’s Australian Dystopia in ‘Closing Down’

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Books, Fiction |

Sally Abbott’s debut novel Closing Down (Hachette Australia) imagines Australia in the near future. It’s an Australia in which climate change and its geo-political repercussions have wrought social breakdown in small communities across the country. Abbott will be at the Sydney Writers; Festival this week talking about the novel and she is included on the panel “It’s

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Cate Shortland and Melanie Joosten’s ‘Berlin Syndrome’ preview and extract

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Books, Fiction, Film, News & Commentary, Screen |

Berlin Sydrome is a 2011 novel by Melanie Joosten and is now a feature film directed by Cate Shortland (Lore, Somersault). It follows the story of Clare (Teresa Palmer), an Aussie photographer who travels to Berlin and meets a charismatic local named Andi (Max Riemelt). Their attraction is instant, and after a day wandering the

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Crime writer Peter Robinson on red herrings, Nordic fiction and fast cars

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Books, Fiction, News & Commentary |

The British/Canadian writer Peter Robinson has just visited Australia to promote the latest novel in his DCI Banks crime series, When the Music’s Over (Hachette Australia). The series has been made into a British TV series and the next novel – the 24th – Sleeping in the Ground will be published in June. His books have been translated into

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