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Chris Womersley - Author

About the Author

Chris Womersley was born in Melbourne in 1968. His fiction and reviews have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Granta New Writing and The Age. Bereft is his second novel.

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Cairo

Cairo

Author: Chris Womersley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2015

'Who wants to be the same as everyone else? You don't want to be ordinary, do you?' Tom always imagined he was adopted. At 17, he flees ordinariness in small-town Australia for Melbourne and a run-down block named Cairo. There he meets Max Cheever. Enigmatic, artistic, anarchic: Max liberates Tom into a new world - of first love, first crimes - and the greatest art heist of the twentieth century. This is his family now. But of all this summer's lessons, the cruellest will be telling what is real from what is fake.

Cairo

Cairo

Author: Chris Womersley Format: eBook Release Date: 26/08/2013

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2015 INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARDFrustrated by country life and eager for adventure and excitement, seventeen-year-old Tom Button moves to the city to study. Once there, and living in a run-down apartment block called Cairo, he is befriended by the eccentric musician Max Cheever, his beautiful wife Sally, and their close-knit circle of painters and poets. As Tom falls under the sway of his charismatic older friends, he enters a bohemian world of parties and gallery openings. Soon, however, he is caught up in more sinister events involving deception and betrayal, not to mention one of the greatest unsolved art heists of the twentieth century: the infamous theft of Picasso's Weeping Woman. Set among the demimonde - where nothing and nobody is as they seem - Cairo is a novel about growing up, the perils of first love, and finding one's true place in the world. PRAISE FOR CHRIS WOMERSLEY'The author describes his latest book as ''a boy's coming-of-age tale, with something for everyone: a love story, a bit of betrayal, art forgery and a famous art heist''. He misses out the most important ingredient: humour. It's fun and funny. I read it all with a grin on my face.' The Sunday Age'Chris Womersley's third novel, Cairo, is as fresh and unexpected as his first two an accomplished performance from a writer whose advent was dramatic and whose career has consolidated with an impressive power to surprise.' The Australian

Bereft

Bereft

Author: Chris Womersley Format: eBook Release Date: 30/08/2010

2011 ABIA LITERARY FICTION BOOK OF THE YEARWINNER OF THE 2011 INDIE AWARD FOR FICTIONSHORTLISTED FOR THE 2011 MILES FRANKLIN AWARDIt is 1919. The Great War has ended, but the Spanish flu epidemic is raging across Australia. Schools are closed, state borders are guarded by armed men, and train travel is severely restricted. There are rumours it is the end of the world. In the NSW town of Flint, Quinn Walker returns to the home he fled ten years earlier when he was accused of an unspeakable crime. Aware that his father and uncle would surely hang him, Quinn hides in the hills surrounding Flint. There, he meets the orphan Sadie Fox - a mysterious young girl who seems to know more about the crime than she should. A searing gothic novel of love, longing and justice, Bereft is about the suffering endured by those who go to war and those who are forever left behind. PRAISE FOR CHRIS WOMERSLEY'Beautifully written and conceived, Bereft pushes at the borders of literary fiction and thriller, spinning a horrific incident in one man's life into a page-turning reflection on grief and guilt, on the nature of storytelling and its inevitable joys and shortcomings, on what we have to believe in order to survive.' The Age'Chris Womersley, in plain and startling yet tender and lyrical prose, has constructed a moving narrative that opens up the wounds of war, laying bare the events that pre-date the conflict and reach forward into the collective memory ... War is the big drama of human horror, but the basest acts of cruelty are also enacted in what passes for peacetime. That Womersley can marry these two extremes, and construct a narrative in which the reader is left with a burning sense of regret and tenderness, is a mark of his skill and of his fictional reach.' Australian Book Review

Low Road

Low Road

Author: Chris Womersley Format: eBook Release Date: 03/09/2007

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2006 VICTORIAN PREMIER'S AWARD FOR AN UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPTLee, a petty criminal, wakes in a seedy motel with a bullet in his side and a suitcase of stolen money, his memory hazy as to how he got there. Soon he meets Wild, a doctor who is escaping his own disastrous life, and the two men set out for the safety of the countryside.As they flee the city, they develop an uneasy intimacy, inevitably revisiting their pasts even as they seek to evade them. Lee is haunted by a brief stint in jail; Wild is on the run from the legacy of medical malpractice. But Lee and Wild are not alone: they are pursued through the increasingly gothic landscape by the ageing gangster Josef, who must retrieve the stolen money and deal with Lee to ensure his own survival. Ultimately, all three men are forced to confront the parts of themselves they sought to outrun.Part noir thriller, part modern tale of alienation and despair, The Low Road seduces the reader into a story that unfolds and deepens hypnotically. A brilliant debut novel.PRAISE FOR CHRIS WOMERSLEY'Utterly gripping.' The Age'The Low Road is a satisfying journey. It comes as a welcome change from the undistinguished pseudo-autobiography lately emerging from some debut novels.' Australian Book Review