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In small town suburbia, three young men are ready to make their mark.

In small town suburbia, three young men are ready to make their mark.

Solomon is all charisma, authority and charm, down for the moment but surely not out. His half-brother, Jimmy, bounces along in his wake, underestimated, waiting for his chance to announce himself. Aleks, their childhood friend, loves his mates, his family and his homeland, and would do anything for them. The question is, does he know where to draw the line?

Solomon, Jimmy and Aleks: way out on the fringe of Australia, looking for a way in. Hip hop and graffiti give them a voice. Booze, women and violence pass the time while they wait for their chance. Under the oppressive summer sun, their town has turned tinder-dry. All it'll take is a spark.

As the surrounding hills roar with flames, the change storms in. But it's not what they were waiting for. It never is.

Reviews

Omar Musa's writing is tough and tender, harsh and poetic, raw and beautiful, it speaks to how we live and dream now. This novel broke my heart a little but it also made me ecstatic at the possibilities of what the best writing can do. His voice is genuine, new and exciting; his voice roars.

Christos Tsiolkas

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780670077090

    July 23, 2014

    Hamish Hamilton

    352 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • EBook

    9781742536927

    July 12, 2014

    Penguin eBooks

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Awards and Recognition

  • 2015
    Winner
    People's Choice
  • ACT Book of the Year Award (Australia)
    2015
    Winner
    People's Choice
  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards
    2015
    Shortlisted
    Glenda Adams Award for New Writing

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Ready Player One
The Trip of a Lifetime
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
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The Light Between Oceans
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