SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARD
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 STELLA PRIZE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 NED KELLY AWARDS
"Forebodingly rhythmic ... a harrowing, fascinating, compelling work" The Australian
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.
MORE PRAISE FOR EMILY MAGUIRE
"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
Short-listed for ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2017.
Long-listed for Indie Book Awards 2017.
Commended for Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction 2017.
Long-listed for The Stella Prize 2017.
Short-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2017.
Long-listed for Dublin Literary Award 2018.
Short-listed for Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel 2017.
The #MeToo movement has fundamentally changed gender relations - or has it? Feminist novelist Emily Maguire, asylum-seeker advocate Kon Karapanagiotidis and documentary-maker Santilla Chingaipe talk with psychologist Beatrice Alba at the Bendigo Writers Festival, about what has changed and what still needs to change for women.4:30 PM
How much is the novelist's task one of finding answers to dangerous questions, of making emotional sense of drama that threatens to overwhelm reason? ABC RN's Sarah L'Estrange hosts Sofie Laguna (The Choke) and Emily Maguire (An Isolated Incident) at the Bendigo Writers Festival, for a conversation about how they work their way in to the minds of characters whose lives are chaotic and confusing. What makes a character come alive for writers and readers? And is their experience - their survival - the most important thing?3:30 PM