Man Out of Time

Man Out of Time

by Stephanie Bishop

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 28/08/2018

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From the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of The Other Side of the World comes a brilliant and provocative new novel about inheritance and self-destruction.

When Stella's father, Leon, disappears in September 2001, the police knock at her door. She baulks at their questions, not sure how to answer. 'What if I just write it down for you.'

One summer, a long time ago, Stella sat watching her father cry while the sky clouded over. He had tried to make amends: for his failures, for forgetting to buy the doll she once hoped for, for the terrible things he had done.

The first time Stella sensed that something was wrong was on her ninth birthday. There was an accident, and when she opened her eyes there was the tang of blood in her mouth. Leon was beside her. But not quite there. In the winter, when her father finally came home from hospital, he looked different. Looked at her differently.

Now he was missing, and Stella held the key to his discovery. But did he want to be found? And after all that has passed, could Stella bring herself to help him?

Stella's whole life has been stained by her father's very struggle to exist. Would this be her inheritance too? Could she choose the steady minutes of an ordinary day? Or would she follow the path of a man out of time?

A masterful and deeply moving novel about inheritance and self-destruction, and of how the memories we carry and the blood we share discolour our view of the world ... and ourselves.

ISBN:
9780733636349
9780733636349
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
28-08-2018
Publisher:
Hachette Australia
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
304
Dimensions (mm):
234x153x23mm
Weight:
0.38kg
Stephanie Bishop

The recent winner of the 2015 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, Stephanie Bishop's first novel was THE SINGING, for which she was named one of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD's Best Young Australian Novelists. THE SINGING was also highly commended for the Kathleen Mitchell Award.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD is her second novel, and as well as winning the Readings Prize, it was shortlisted for the 2014 Australian/Vogel's Literary Award under the title DREAM ENGLAND. This book also saw Stephanie recently longlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize, shortlisted in the Victorian Premiers Literary Awards and shortlisted in the Indie Book Awards Best Fiction for 2015.

Stephanie's fiction and poetry have appeared in SOUTHERLY, OVERLAND and ISLAND and she is a frequent contributor to THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, THE AUSTRALIAN, THE SYDNEY REVIEW OF BOOKS, THE AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW and the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD.

She is a recipient of an Australia Council New Work Grant, an Asialink Fellowship, an Australian Society of Authors Mentorship, a Varuna Mentorship Fellowship and Varuna Residency Fellowship. She holds a PhD from Cambridge and is currently a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of New South Wales. Stephanie is currently at work on two new projects - a third novel and a collection of essays. Stephanie lives in Sydney.

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