Nine Hours North

Things stopped making sense from the moment Adam arrived in Japan – the conservative job, the shoebox apartment and the growing weight of his relationship with Sarah. By the time Marianne arrives, he’s been battery-caged for so long it all seems normal – but then she changes everything…

“…fluid and perceptive free verse with a wry edge and a wonderful sense of atmosphere…”
– The Advertiser

“a brilliantly told story of emotional self-discovery, internal conflict and corrupted symbiosis…”
– Seed Magazine

“a story pared back to its lovely bones.”
– The Sunday Telegraph

“a tender and unsettling experience.”
– Sydney Morning Herald

“a terrific book… It’s so well written that you get the overview and the detail and the nuance of this in just a few short pages… very, very well written…”
– ABC Radio

“very cinematic in style, with a poet’s metaphoric and playful use of language and a verse novelist’s capacity for witty vernacular.”
– Australian Book Review

“I found your book very interesting and discovered a lot of things about life in Japan. The only thing I disapproved of was the sprinkling of swear words here & there – quite irrelevantly in some cases.”
– Sheila McCulloch (Tim’s Granny)

Nine Hours North
2006, Penguin
ISBN 0-14-300376-3