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Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781743539040
  • Format: eBook
  • Pub Date: 01/08/2015
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
  • Imprint: Macmillan Australia
  • Price: $12.99

There are seven billion people in the world. This is the story of two of them.

After an unfortunate incident in an airport lounge involving an immovable customs officer, a full jar of sun-dried tomatoes, quite a lot of vomit, and the capricious hand of fate, Oliver meets Alison. In spite of this less than romantic start, Oliver falls in love with her.

Immediately.
Inexplicably.
Irrevocably.

With no other place to be, Alison follows Oliver to the Solomon Islands where he is planning to write his much-anticipated second novel. But as Oliver's story begins to take shape, odd things start to happen and he senses there may be more hinging on his novel than the burden of expectation. As he gets deeper into the manuscript and Alison moves further away from him, Oliver finds himself clinging to a narrative that may not end with 'happily ever after'.

Author Information

Claire Varley grew up on the Bellarine Peninsula and lives in Melbourne. She has sold blueberries, worked in a haunted cinema, won an encouragement award for being terrible at telemarketing, taught English in rural China, and coordinated community development projects in remote Solomon Islands.

Her short stories and poems have appeared in Australian Love Stories ('A Greek Tragedy'), Australian Love Poems ('Beatitude'), Seizure online ('Poll', 'Hallow'), page seventeen ('Once', 'Hamlet, Remus and Two Guys Named Steve'), Sotto ('in the name of') and [Untitled] ('The Nicholas Name', 'Behind Tram Lines'). In 2015 she was shortlisted for Seizure's Viva la Novella 2 competition. Oh, and when she was sixteen she was the Victorian state winner of the secondary section of the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Award for a very depressing poem about life in the outback. They read her poem at school assembly.

Her debut novel, The Bit In Between, is a whimsical and poignant exploration of first loves and true loves, travel and the search for identity.

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23 October 2018

Join Claire Varley at Fairfield Books as she chats about her brand new book 'THE BOOK OF ORDINARY PEOPLE' followed by a brief reading and a Q&A. Glass of wine included.

7:00 PM

Fairfield Books
117A Station Street Fairfield VIC 3078



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