A controversial novel of power, prestige and pack mentality exposes the dark underbelly of college life at a prominent university
St Anton’s university college is a cradle for privileged young men and women. With its Elysian lush green lawns and buildings of golden sandstone, it seems like a place where nothing bad could ever happen. One weekend, members of the college cricket team go to the mountains for a wild weekend away. Things spiral rapidly out of control, and a young Malaysian student they dragged along with them as part of a cruel prank goes missing. When the boy is found by some bushwalkers on a rock ledge, barely clinging to life, most people think it’s because of a fall, but the St Anton’s men know better. The stress of keeping their collective secret however becomes harder and harder to bear, and even the heavy wrought-iron fences of the college can’t keep out reality… Dark, dangerous, bloody and visceral, this is a story of power, prestige and the pack mentality that forms the underbelly of campus life at a prestigious university. With overtones of The Secret History meets Brett Easton Ellis, this is the debut of a thrilling new Australian writer.
About the Author
Brigid Delaney is a former lawyer turned journalist. She has been a staff writer and editor for THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, worked in digital news and on the foreign desk at the TELEGRAPH in London, and has been the deputy editor at ninemsn. Her writing has appeared in THE AGE, MARTHA'S VINEYARD GAZETTE, THE SPECTATOR , THE GUARDIAN, VOGUE, SUNDAY LIFE and THE AUSTRALIAN. She has contributed a short story to Some Girls Do (Allen and Unwin, 2007) and an essay for GRIFFITH REVIEW'S ‘Next Big Thing’ issue.