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  • Published: 1 November 2004
  • ISBN: 9781740513289
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $24.99
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A Private Man


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A brilliant glimpse into the secret world of men by the acclaimed author of SUMMERLAND.

It is two days since Dr John Brand’s death and his eldest son, Davis, suspects a cover-up. 'Survived by two sons', the death notice said. ‘Peacefully.’ But someone has lied: there are three sons, and the circumstances of their father’s death are murky. Still, the Sydney Test Match is on and Davis’s famous brother Chris is batting to save his career while their mother Margaret watches the broadcast from her armchair. Hammett, the unacknowledged third brother, lurks on the edges, banished but not forgotten. Scattered over Sydney, the Brand’s lives – and John Brand’s funeral – are put on hold for the duration of the game: five days of suspense, silences, revelations, recriminations and redemption.
Filtered through two arenas of masculinity – cricket and pornography – A PRIVATE MAN is at once a poignant story of a family’s grief, an artfully constructed thriller and a provocative dissection of Australian men and their private passions.

  • Pub date: 1 November 2004
  • ISBN: 9781740513289
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Malcolm Knox

Malcolm Knox was born in 1966. He grew up in Sydney and studied in Sydney and Scotland, where his one-act play, POLEMARCHUS, was performed in St Andrews and Edinburgh. He has worked for the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD since 1994 and his journalism has been published in Australia, Britain, India and the West Indies. His first novel SUMMERLAND was published to great acclaim in the UK, US, Australia and Eurpope in 2000. In 2001 Malcolm was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian novelists. He lives in Sydney with his wife Wenona, son Callum and daughter Lilian. His most recent novel, A PRIVATE MAN, was critically acclaimed and was shortlisted for the Commomwealth Prize and the Tasmanian Premier’s Award.

Malcolm Knox is the former literary editor and award-winning cricket writer of the Sydney Morning Herald, where he broke the Norma Khouri story, for which he won one of his two Walkley Awards. His novels include A Private Man, winner of the Ned Kelly Award; The Life; and most recently The Wonder Lover. His many non-fiction titles include The Greatest: The Players, the Moments, the Matches 19932008; The Captains: The Story Behind Australia's Second Most Important Job; Boom: The Underground History of Australia, From Gold Rush to GFC, which won the 2013 Ashurst Business Literature Prize; and Bradman's War, shortlisted in the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Awards.

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Praise for A Private Man

“'Knox's great strength is his ability to get get beneath the surface of his characters into the dark, private recesses of their minds...He reveals the Australian male at his best and worst.' Liam Davidson, Weekend Australian”


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