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  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781864715125
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256
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Rohypnol




Reminds me of 'We need to talk about Kevin / Clockwork Orange / American Psycho' all rolled up in Melbourne town. Sanch, Readings

Reminds me of 'We need to talk about Kevin / Clockwork Orange / American Psycho' all rolled up in Melbourne town. Sanch, Readings

The New Punk is not about moving towards the future. It is about your life right now, impatiently standing still.

Fact: Bad people do bad things. In the new age of money, drugs and instant satisfaction, you make your own rules. You take what you want, you don't ask. There is no responsibility. There is no guilt. If someone burns you, you should do the same to them. It's an issue of equality. Andrew Hutchinson brilliantly portrays a disturbing reality in which cold and disillusioned youths assault the comfortable middle-class world around them. This provocative, jolting novel examines the mind of a self-made monster - and questions the direction of modern life.

  • Pub date: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781864715125
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 256

About the Author

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson lives in Canberra, Australia. His first novel, Rohypnol, won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript and was commended for the Kathleen Mitchell Award.

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Praise for Rohypnol

“Rohypnol is a phenomenally assured first novel, tough and hard, dangerous and menacing, a vivid exploration of an amoral - if not evil - landscape. What commands respect is the power and uniqueness of the voice, the writer's mastery and self-discipline. There's no fat, no pretension, no indulgence. Rohypnol is an exhilarating, terrifying read and Andrew Hutchinson is the real deal: a genuine new voice in Australian writing. This book is an absolute knockout.”

Christos Tsiolkas

“... the best debut novel of the year, was Andrew Hutchinson's Rohypnol. An unflinching depiction of youthful nihilism and amorality, Rohypnol probes a culture of drug abuse and date rape most Australians would prefer to ignore. But it's also utterly convincing and completely rivetting - I read it in one sitting.”

Andy Murdoch, MX Magazine

“It is an accomplished cautionary tale that surprises and unsettles the reader”

Arts Minister Mary Delahunty, presenting an award for the unpublished manuscript

“I read Rohypnol – it was scaryingly good!”

MELANIE BARTON | FICTION CATEGORY MANAGER, A & R

“I'm just finishing off 'Rohypnol'! What a book, kinda of a slow motion train crash that you can't quite tear your eyes away from. Reminds me of 'We need to talk about Kevin / Clockwork Orange / American Psycho' all rolled up in Melbourne town. It feels like a familiar story (that I've read before, not experience!), but written well enough not to feel contrived or that the author is just striving for max shock value only. It will be interesting to note the reponse from the punters and reviewers when it comes out. I certainly couldn't put it down and I think it will be a good one for St Kilda.”

Sanch, Readings


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