Child's Book of True Crime by Chloe Hooper
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Child's Book of True Crime
By Chloe Hooper

A Child's Book of True Crime

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Child's Book of True Crime by Chloe Hooper

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for NSW Premier's Literary Award Christina Stead Prize for Fiction 2003.
  • Shortlisted for Sisters in Crime's Davitt Awards: Best Adult Novel 2003.
  • Shortlisted for Victorian Premier's Literary Award - Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction 2002.

Book Description

In a small town near Port Arthur in Tasmania in the mid-nineties, Kate Byrne is having an affair with the father of her most gifted student. As the young teacher's sexual life is awakened by the father in scenes of escalating eroticism, the guilt she feels towards the son is compounded. Meanwhile, Veronica, her lover's wife, has just published Murder At Black Swan Point, a true crime book about the brutal slaying of a young adulteress some years before, set in a nearby town. Kate becomes fixated on the unsolved crime of passion that occured years earlier, less and less aware of her own reputation in the present. Is it her imagination, or is someone stalking her? Is she caught playing a game where she no longer knows the rules? Has her obsession with the crime aligned her fate with that of the murdered adulteress? Chilling, erotic and rivetingly suspenseful, A Child's Book Of True Crime marks the arrival of a powerful and startlingly original new voice. 'People don't make this kind of fuss for nothing. Hooper's novel is extraordinary...there's a confidence and imagination in the writing that you rarely see in a first novel.' Kerryn Goldsworthy, THE AUSTR

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781740512084
ISBN-10: 1740512081
Format: Paperback
(199mm x 130mm x 28mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Vintage (Australia)
Publisher: Random House Australia
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: Australia

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Child's Book of True Crime by Chloe Hooper Child's Book of True Crime, Paperback (January 2017)

Kate Byrne is having an affair with the father of her most gifted pupil, Lucien. Unnervingly, her lover's wife has just published Murder at Black Swan Point, a true crime novel about the brutal slaying of a young adulteress. Suspecting the adult account of Black Swan Point's murder to be wrong, Kate imagines her own version of the novel.

Engagement by Chloe Hooper Engagement, Paperback / softback (October 2014)

Liese Campbell meets Alexander Colquhoun, and they begin an harmless erotic game, so she thinks, of Alexander paying for sex with her. But it gets serious when Alexander asks her to marry him, and wants to know about the letters he's received from her former customers. Liese has never been a prostitute, so who is writing these letters?

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Author Biography - Chloe Hooper

Chloe Hooper was born in 1973 and educated at the University of Melbourne and Columbia University New York, where she studied creative writing. A CHILD'S BOOK OF TRUE CRIME is her first novel. Chloe lives in Melbourne.

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