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Josh whores himself to his brother's PR firm and inadvertently becomes part of ‘the fix’. Shortlisted for The Courier Mail Queensland Book of the Year

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Nick Earls is always an easy read. That is not to say his writing is unintelligent; on the contrary The Fix is consistently smart and funny. It's easy because Earls has a natural style which invites you into a story. The Fix is not concerned with confusing you. Instead it's concerned with the slippery notion of the truth. To what length can it be manipulated into a more desirable shape before it just becomes a lie? And when is the lie better than the difficulties truth often brings? Along the way Earls captures many of the absurdities of modern life, particularly that of being a man as Josh tries to scrape together an acceptable 'adult life'.

Lisa, The Nile

Earls has absorbed tropes from contemporaries Garry Disher and Christos Tsiolkas and added rich humour to create a novel that threatens to defy genre classification. It is in the awkward family scenes, however, where his narrative truly excels. Josh's visit to his brother's house for a barbecue is the most genuine portrayal of an Australian family tradition since Tsiolkas rebooted the notion in The Slap. The toneof The Fix is one of quiet confidence, of a writer who is enjoying his work: contemporary, cliche-free Australian fiction that is sure to have a very wide appeal. An important work, then, for Earls, a writer hitting his straps with gusto.

Chris Flynn, The Australian

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781864711516

    July 2, 2012

    Vintage Australia

    304 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781864711509

    August 1, 2011

    Vintage Australia

    302 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9781742744605

    August 1, 2011

    Random House Australia

    302 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • Queensland Literary Awards
    2012
    Shortlisted
    Queensland Literary Awards

Also by Nick Earls

Word Hunters: Top Secret Files
New Boy
Analogue Men
Word Hunters: War of the Word Hunters
Word Hunters: The Lost Hunters
Word Hunters: The Curious Dictionary
Merlo Girls
Welcome To Normal
Merlo Girls (Storycuts)
The True Story Of Butterfish
After January
Bachelor Kisses
Joel & Cat Set the Story Straight
48 Shades of Brown
Kids' Night In: A Midnight Feast
Zigzag Street

Recommendations

The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
Best Laid Plans
The Mistress
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Dragonfly In Amber
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Swing Time
The Golden House
The Golden Age
The Girls
The Bear and The Nightingale
Tiger Men
Fifty Shades Darker
The Lost Symbol
Norwegian Wood