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, RIP 🖤


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

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