In Ned Jelli's family, journalism and siren-chasing in the news pit of Sydney is in the genes. And everyone knows, you can't escape your genes, or your family. At 39, Ned's life has come full circle and he finds himself back in the news empire where he started his career at 19. And for a lost boy like Ned, where 20 years have been spent eddying around the same small course of Bondi, babes, and booze, this is the final sign he's going nowhere fast.
Held back by his own fear and loathing, and searching for the perfect woman to fill the black hole where his heart should be, Ned continues the fatal and often fatally funny trajectory he began in The Lost Boys.
Set among the newsrooms of Sydney, Hello Darkness is a sharp, demonic expose of the world of journalism from an insider, exploring the cost of being less than you hoped you would, and wishing for what is beyond your reach.
Sam de Brito is a writer and journalist from Sydney who was written for newspapers, TV and film, also steering the long-running national Fairfax blog All Men Are Liars. He currently writes a column of the same name for the Sun-Herald and Sunday Age.
Modern & Contemporary Fiction