We Play Ourselves
‘As funny as it’s intellectual, this page-turner about crashing and burning is spot-on about ambition, infatuation, theatre, film, ethics, teens, and everything else.’ Emma Donoghue, author of Room
‘Witty…Earnest…Laugh-out-loud…Pitch-perfect’ New York Times
When Cass – a thirty something year old queer playwright – receives a prestigious award, it seems as though her career is finally taking off. That is until she finds herself at the centre of a searing public shaming. Fleeing New York, Cass moves to L.A. to start anew. Once there, she is pulled into the orbit of her charismatic neighbour, a filmmaker who’s making an ethically murky documentary inspired by a group of teenage girls and their underground fight club. But just as Cass begins to dream of a comeback, the past starts to catch up with her and she is forced once more to reckon with her ambition and the chaos it creates. We Play Ourselves is a darkly funny novel about the cost of making art, and the art of making enemies.
‘Funny, sharp, modern – this is an excellent debut novel. Its bold, edgy, strange heroine has adventures and misadventures, screws up again and again, but somehow won my love. I couldn’t put this book down.’ Weike Wang, PEN/Hemingway-award winning author of Chemistry
This novel tells the story of a real-life Australian hero, photographer, explorer and adventurer Frank Hurley. It is a story told through his eyes and in his words, and it reveals a tantalising portrait of the man behind the legend he has become.
Hurley’s photographs and documentaries of Douglas Mawson’s and Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic expeditions, and his astounding images of World War I have been so widely exhibited and reproduced that in many cases they are the principal means by which we have come to see those world-shattering events. His iconic images of the ship Endurance trapped in an ocean of ice, of men battling the most extreme elements in the Antarctic, and suffering under unthinkable conditions in war are imprinted on the Australian consciousness. One writer has claimed that Frank Hurley ‘is the twentieth century’.
Here now is the man, Hurley, telling us of his part in the two ill-fated Antarctic expeditions and recounting tales of great heroism and suffering as he fights for his life among the ice and the elements, and witnesses the worst ravages of war on the Western Front. Endurance is an extraordinary debut novel, a rollicking white-knuckle adventure story that also takes us to the very heart of heroism and sacrifice.
The Templar Legacy
The Templar Prophecy
June 1190. A Knight Templar, Johannes von Hartelius, rescues the Holy Lance from his drowning King during the Third Crusade.
April 1945. In one of his last acts in the bunker, Hitler seals secret documents inside a vacuum canister and attaches it to a case containing the Holy Lance. Both are sent away, guarded by adescendant of Johannes von Hartelius.
Present Day. British photojournalist John Hart finds his father crucified. The mark of a spear is in his side. Now, Hart learns the incredible story of his family’s destiny – to be the Guardians of the Lance. But the secret of the Lance is more terrifying than Hart could ever have imagined…
The Templar Inheritance
1198. On the eve of his execution, disgraced Templar knight Johannes von Hartelius writes a last confession. The parchment conceals the location of the Copper Scroll, said to hold the secret of Solomon’s treasure.
In present-day Iraq, John Hart discovers the message hidden in his ancestor’s testament. Accompanied only by his beautiful Kurdish translator, Hart sets out to find the Copper Scroll.
John Hart must travel in his forefather’s footsteps to Iran and the hollow mountain known as Solomon’s Prison… but will he share the Templar’s fate?
The Templar Succession
1998. Kosovo is in the grip of civil war, and John Hart is an aspiring photojournalist determined to capture the devastating scenes. On his mission to shed light on the atrocities he discovers a house where women are enslaved purely for the pleasure of the Serbian soldiers. Hart risks his own life to free the imprisoned women.
2015. John Hart has his world turned upside down when he is left to care for a young woman – the daughter of one of the women he freed that fateful day in Kosovo. She is determined to track down the man known as the Captain: a war criminal, and her father. Unable to turn his back on the girl, Hart sets out on a quest across Europe and into Africa where, on an isolated plateau in the mountains of Ethiopia, he confronts the man who shows no remorse, and no regard for life…
‘You’d better assume the brace position, because Flight Risk takes the airport thriller genre to a whole new level. With rock-solid research, a ripped-from-the-headlines plot and a stunningly dark twist halfway through, this is one mystery that will keep you guessing from take-off until touchdown. You’ll never board another plane without thinking of this book.’
Jack Heath, author of Hangman
Disgraced former pilot Ted Anderson works for a top-secret government organisation set up to investigate terror-related incidents. Sent to Jakarta to find out as much as he can about the pilot of a vanished Garuda flight, he discovers a flight simulator in the pilot’s apartment.
When the investigation turns sour, Ted escapes to New York as further disaster strikes.
Another plane disappears from the sky. Then another. Three planes and hundreds of passengers and crew, vanished, without a trace. Panic is widespread and the world is teetering on the brink.
Still no one has come forward to claim responsibility.
At an eerily deserted JFK airport trying to get a flight back home, Ted witnesses a suspicious exchange between an airport cleaner and a nonchalant airline pilot. He follows the pilot to his destination: a Ukraine International Airlines flight, due to leave in an hour.
All his instincts tell Ted that this is the next plane to go down. But what on earth can he do? Take the flight and face almost certain death? Or fly back home and wait for the news headlines?
He does the unthinkable and gets on the plane.
Astoundingly original and utterly gripping, Flight Risk is a white-knuckle ride of nonstop suspense – a high-octane thriller full of pure adrenaline, explosive action and jaw-dropping revelations.