Literary Agent

Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living

The literary debut of 2005″ – Andrew Riemer, SMH

It is 1934, the Great War is long over and the next is yet to come. It is a brief time of optimism and advancement. With failing crops and the threat of a new World War looming, Robert and Jean are forced to confront each other, the community they have destroyed, and the impact of progress on an ancient and fragile landscape. Erotically charged, and shot through with humour and a quiet wisdom, this haunting first novel evokes the Australian landscape in all its stark beauty and vividly captures the hope and disappointment of an era.

Winner Dobbie Award, 2006
Winner, Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards, Fiction, 2005
Winner, Victorian Premier’s Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript, 2003
Highly Commended, Australian Literary Society Gold Medal 2006

Short listed Miles Franklin Award, 2006
Short listed for the Orange Prize 2006
Short listed Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, 2006
Short listed, Best First Book Award, 2006 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize
Finalist – Melbourne Prize Trust – Best Writing Award 2006
Short listed for the Guardian First Book Award 2006
Longlisted – 2007 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

*Starred review in Publishers’ Weekly*
*Starred review in Kirkus*
*Book Sense Pick for May*
*Book of the Month Club*
_One Book One State_, Western Australia, 2006