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Why do we do such crazy things when we’re in love?

Love can rule your life. Change your personality. Your everyday existence can be shaped by the opinion of one person. It seems crazy – so why do we do it? Why do we let the thoughts of someone else govern our decisions and actions?

He had his heart broken by his one true love, and cannot see a way forward in life. Having alienated himself from his family and friends, he works nights and shuns normal society. But not even disrupted sleep and depression can explain the strange behaviours that will suddenly take over him. It all escalates on an unassuming night, when he returns home to find a woman asleep in his driveway. Waiting.

One probes the extremes we go to for love; the extent of emotional influence; the scars we leave on each other. The novel asks, who do you become when you’re driven to obsession?

Fast-paced, immediate and perceptive, One is the highly original second novel from a young Australian writer establishing himself as a major talent.

Reviews

As with Rohypnol, the language in One is as sharp as a blade and Hutchinson’s universe is just so immediate. One is the work of a truly creative mind, and the distinctiveness of the work resists comparison – a fascinating, unusual beast of a novel, it unravels like a film.

Louise Swinn

Andrew Hutchinson’s One is a compelling and unsettling novel. The control and the lucidity of the writing are formidable, and Hutchinson never once lets the narrative force lessen: the directness of the prose keeps us riveted and keeps us frightened. And we are always aware that beyond the engrossing story that the novel is opening up crucial and complex questions about memory, obsession, grief and love. This is a stunning book and Hutchinson is a stunning writer.

Christos Tsiolkas

How often do we imagine what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes? Perhaps we think about it at a time of disaster, but One asks us to consider what it’s like being one of the people closest to us, and how it feels to be treated the way that we treat people. In contemporary Western society, we’re ­encouraged to be forever chasing something, to be in pursuit of betterment. For a book so fast paced, One is deeply concerned with the notion of slowing down. “It was amazing, the details, the things you remember. The beauty of them. Even the simplest element framed in my mind. I’d ­remembered this. For a reason.” What matters in the end? In thought-provoking and unusual ways, Hutchinson is trying to figure it out.

Louise Swinn, The Australian

The urgent pace points towards this being a classic crime novel. But then Hutchinson's story takes a sharp left turn. And then another. The pace never slackens, but it is soon clear this is no ordinary story - crime or otherwise. Hints are dropped as to the solution to this unfolding mystery, enough to keep this sometimes hallucinogenic story grounded and with a clear trajectory. It was almost impossible to put down.

Corinna Hente, The Herald Sun

Andrew is proving to be one of the most interesting voices in Australian literature.

James Phelan

Andrew Hutchinson's second novel has a suspenseful edge. We're never quite sure what is going on because the main characters aren't either. the answers are always concealed just over the horizon. One explores the tricks that memory can play, how love, grief and obsession can fuse and how good it feels to finally let it go.

Paul Robinson, Qantas magazine

A wild fever-dream of a novel, Andrew Hutchinson’s One is a symphony of memory, love, grief and obsession; a riveting, pulsating read, supercharged with feeling, fuelled by a mystery that unspools at an electrifying pace.

Simon McDonald, Potts Point Bookshop

It is both beautifully and brutally written

Samantha Bond, Glam Adelaide

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9781741667882

    April 2, 2018

    Vintage Australia

    256 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9780143789123

    April 2, 2018

    Random House Australia

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Extract

After I’d finished work I came out into the night, worn down by the machine hum, the second-hand air being pushed around by the industrial fans, down between the machinery, which rolled and rattled and shook along the walls, the thin metal of them flickering and buzzing all through the darkness. The smell of oil and ink and rubber from the belts had seeped in, right up into the back of my throat. It was my third day back, my body still adjusting, still recovering from the accident. The strain of effort weighed me down like soaked clothes.

I checked my phone, nearly dropped the thing taking it out of my pocket, juggled it with both hands. The screen beamed bright in the darkness. No messages, no missed calls. And as the screen faded, I turned my attention to my left hand. I held my hand out flat. My fingers kept moving, kept fidgeting, no matter how hard I tried to hold them still. I touched each of my fingers to my thumb, one by one. The scar traced the outside of my hand and down my wrist, a smooth pink line, dots along the edges, where the stitches had been.

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