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'Funny, edgy and sparky as sherbet, Hooper's novel lingers in the mind with all the sweetness and menace of childhood itself' - Independent

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. 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?

Compelled by the lives of her nine-year-old students, Kate is a misfit among their parents. And though, in scenes of escalating eroticism, Lucien's father brings her to life sexually, he does nothing to penetrate her obsession with the past. Kate is fixated on the crime of passion that occurred years earlier, less and less aware of her own reputation in the present.

Reviews

Utterly beguiling

Guardian

It is difficult to believe that this clever, creepy tale is Chloe Hooper's first novel... Its originality and ambition make it a deeply impressive debut

Sunday Telegraph

A finely calibrated meditation on a young woman's awakening to her sexual powers and to the violent undercurrents of Australian history

Scotland on Sunday

Intriguing and resonant... Hooper succeeds where far more seasoned writers often fall short... she forces open her material and she does this with a curiosity and an instinctive grace

New York Times Book Review

This book will win prizes. It will be made into a film. But most importantly it will enthral millions of people worldwide. A true classic

Daily Mirror

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784706050

    January 26, 2017

    Vintage

    240 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Paperback

    9781740512084

    November 1, 2002

    Vintage Australia

    240 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781742749259

    September 1, 2012

    RHA eBooks Adult

    240 pages

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