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Description - Blood Kin by Ceridwen Dovey

In her stunning debut novel, award-winning author Ceridwen Dovey reveals how humanity's most atavistic impulses - vanity, vengeance and greed - seethe, relentlessly, just beneath the surface of civilization.

Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize
A chef, a portraitist and a barber are taken hostage in a coup to overthrow their boss, the President. They are held captive in the President's summer residence in the mountains while far below them, the capital swelters as chaos reigns.

Meanwhile, the chef's daughter, the portraitist's pregnant wife and the barber's lover await their own fates, their love as dangerous a liability as any political affiliation.

In her stunning debut novel, award-winning author Ceridwen Dovey reveals how humanity's most atavistic impulses - vanity, vengeance and greed - seethe, relentlessly, just beneath the surface of civilization.

'A story about how the lightest taste of power so easily stimulates our limitless appetite for sadism. Dovey . . . presents her case so meticulously and relentlessly that you've got to respect her authority. New York Times Sunday Book Review

'A lovely, haunting novel, written with great care and precision . . . a really fine debut.' Colum McCann, author of Let The Great World Spin

'A meticulously constructed story about political corruption and its impact on people's lives . . . ingenious.' Sydney Morning Herald

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780143573470
ISBN-10: 0143573470
Format: Paperback / softback
(197mm x 130mm x 12mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia
Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia
Publish Date: 23-Sep-2015
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Ceridwen Dovey

Ceridwen Dovey was born in South Africa and raised between South Africa and Australia. She studied social anthropology at Harvard as an undergraduate and received her Masters in social anthropology from New York University. Her debut novel, Blood Kin, was published in fifteen countries, shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, and selected for the US National Book Foundation's prestigious '5 Under 35' honours list. The Wall Street Journal has named her as one of their 'artists to watch.' Her second book of fiction, Only the Animals, was described by The Guardian as a 'dazzling, imagined history of humans' relationship with animals.' Ceridwen lives in Sydney. ceridwendovey.com

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