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After Darkness : Shortlisted for the 2015 Miles Franklin Award - Christine Piper

After Darkness

Shortlisted for the 2015 Miles Franklin Award


Published: 1st February 2015
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The winner of The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award 2014

It is early 1942 and Australia is in the midst of war.

While working at a Japanese hospital in the pearling port of Broome, Dr Ibaraki is arrested as an enemy alien and sent to Loveday internment camp in a remote corner of South Australia. There, he learns to live among a group of men who are divided by culture and allegiance. As tensions at the isolated camp escalate, the doctor's long- held beliefs are thrown into question and he is forced to confront his dark past: the promise he made in Japan and its devastating consequences.

About the Author

Christine Piper's short fiction has been published in Seizure, SWAMP and Things That Are Found In Trees and Other Stories. She was the 2013 Alice Hayes writing fellow at Ragdale in the United States. Christine has studied creative writing at Macquarie University, the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the University of Technology, Sydney, where she wrote a version of this novel as part of her doctoral degree. She has also worked as a magazine editor and writer for more than a decade. Both in South Korea in 1979 to an Australian father and a Japanese mother, Christine moved to Australia when she was one. She has previously taught English and studied Japanese in Japan, and currently lives in New York with her husband. Christine is also the 2014 recipient of the ABR Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay. The winner of The Australian/Vogel's Literary Prize 2014. After Darkness is Christine Piper's first novel. She was also shortlisted for the Readings New Australian Writing Award 2014.


Little wonder that this book was awarded the Vogel Prize


This book stays on my bookshelf awaiting a re-read.

West Aiustralia


Absorbing story about a little-known chapter of history


Fascinating story about internment camps in Australia and biological experimentation in Japan. The author has obviously done a lot of research, but it didn't bog down the narrative - it was an easy read. Lots of lovely visual descriptions, but also a plot that moves along. It is hard to get into the head of the narrator, but that didn't stop my enjoyment of this book.

Sydney, AU


An interesting book that details a different perspective


I purchased the book on the stores recommendation and was not disappointed. A great read.

Sunshine Coast, QLD, AU


Interesting but somehow didn't grab me


Interesting story and easy to read but not riveting. If I could give 3.5 stars I would. I'm not sure that the author has managed to imbue the characters with emotion. She draws the story well and paints the emotional landscape but, as a reader, she didn't draw me into it. That may have been her intention



After Darkness

4.5 4


ISBN: 9781760113117
ISBN-10: 1760113115
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st February 2015
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8