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An Isolated Incident : Shortlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award - Emily Maguire

An Isolated Incident

Shortlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award

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Published: 22nd March 2016
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Longlisted for the 2017 Stella Award
Shortlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award

When 25-year-old Bella Michaels is brutally murdered in the small town of Strathdee, the community is stunned and a media storm descends.

Unwillingly thrust into the eye of that storm is Bella's beloved older sister, Chris, a barmaid at the local pub, whose apparent easygoing nature conceals hard-won wisdom and the kind of street-smarts only experience can bring.

As Chris is plunged into despair and searches for answers, reasons, explanation - anything - that could make even the smallest sense of Bella's death, her ex-husband, friends and neighbours do their best to support her. But as the days tick by with no arrest, Chris's suspicion of those around her grows.

An Isolated Incident is a psychological thriller about everyday violence, the media's obsession with pretty dead girls, the grip of grief and the myth of closure, and the difficulties of knowing the difference between a ghost and a memory, between a monster and a man.



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One of the most important books written in recent years.


from Melbourne, VIC

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  • Engaging Characters
  • Well Written


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      Comments about An Isolated Incident:

      I sometimes had to put the book aside for a while as I was reading it, but that is because it is such a powerful and insightful book. Although I'm a lover of crime novels and will continue to read them, Maguire shows what crime really is for the people affected - not a plot point.


      So boring !


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        • Difficult To Follow
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        • Not What I expected

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          Comments about An Isolated Incident:

          So disappointing. Never reading this author again.

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          "At the heart of ... Emily Maguire's work lies an urgent need to pull away at the interconnecting threads of morality, society and human relationships." Sydney Morning Herald

          "what you get, along with a sharp mind and a keenness to investigate cultural confusions, is an engaging ability to put the vitality of the story first." Weekend Australian

          Emily Maguire

          Emily Maguire is the author of the novels Smoke in the Room (2009), The Gospel According to Luke (2006) and the international bestseller Taming the Beast (2004). Emily has been twice highly commended for the Kathleen Mitchell Award for writers under 30 and was a finalist for the 2006 Dylan Thomas Prize. In 2010 she was named as a Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year. She is the recipient of the 2011 NSW Writer’s Fellowship.

          Her non-fiction book Princesses and Pornstars: Sex + Power + Identity (2008) is an examination of how the treatment of young women as fragile and in need of protection can be as objectifying and damaging to them as pornography and raunch culture. A Young Adult version of this book titled Your Skirt’s Too Short: Sex, Power, Choice was published in 2010.

          Emily’s articles and essays on sex, feminism, culture and literature have been published widely including in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Observer and The Age. In 2007, the Women’s Electoral Lobby awarded her the Edna Ryan Award (Media Category) for her writing about women’s issues.

          Emily has served as Writer in Residence at the Djerassi Artists Program in Northern California (2009), as an Asialink Literature Resident in Vietnam (2008) and as a Tasmanian Writers’ Centre resident in Hobart (2006). She has an MA in literature and has worked as a mentor to young and emerging writers.

          Visit Emily Maguire's Booktopia Author Page

          ISBN: 9781743538579
          ISBN-10: 174353857X
          Audience: General
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 1
          Published: 22nd March 2016
          Country of Publication: AU
          Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.3  x 2.6
          Weight (kg): 0.46