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'Catherine Bell, a famous concert pianist, is struggling to hold on to her career in a competitive international arena that spans the classical music capitals of the world. After a disastrous show in Copenhagen, Cathy is about to attempt her first concert performance without alcohol in Prague when her marriage implodes, her terminally ill, Czech-born mother goes missing from her London hospital, and a much needed highly paid recording deal falls through. Cathy finds herself coping in the only way she knows how: grasping a glass of forbidden pre-performance champagne and flirting with Tomas, a stranger in a Prague nightclub.

'While her therapist Nelly advises her to abstain, Cathy's relationship with drink, and Tomas, draws her deep into a whirlpool of events as mysterious, tense and seductive as Prague itself. Justine Ettler's discipline in the writing is as controlled as Cathy is out of control – the novel brilliantly references classics such as Wuthering Heights – and as with Rachel in The Girl on a Train the reader is drawn into the protagonist's predicament with moving, palpable intensity.

'Bohemia Beach is an edge of your seat ride, a compelling story of addiction, passionate love and the power of art. It heralds the return of one of Australia's most distinctive authors.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Yarraville, Footscray - Maribyrnong area, Melbourne - West, Melbourne, Victoria,: Transit Lounge , 2018 .
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      Extent: 304p.
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      • Published 1st May 2018

      ISBN: 9781925760002

Works about this Work

Justine Ettler : Bohemia Beach LS , single work column

'It’s been a long time between drinks for Justine Ettler. Marilyn’s Almost Terminal New York Adventure, Ettler’s previous novel, was released in 1996, and her debut prior to that, The River Ophelia, saw her heralded as a star of ’90s grunge lit alongside the likes of Andrew McGahan and Linda Jaivin. Her new novel, Bohemia Beach, is an ambitious and flawed attempt to connect addiction with personal, intergenerational and national post-traumatic stress disorder, while also referencing the Gothic Brontës and Kundera, among others.' (Introduction)

Justine Ettler, Bohemia Beach Hannah Ianniello , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Long Paddock , December vol. 78 no. 3 2018;

— Review of Bohemia Beach Justine Ettler , 2018 single work novel
'Justine Ettler’s Bohemia Beach negotiates the mind of Catherine Bell, an acclaimed concert pianist, as she comes to terms with her alcoholism, trauma and obsessive nature. Written entirely in first person, we shift time and place as the narrative reveals not only posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but inherited trauma and self-inflicted trauma within the character. Along the way Ettler taps into her previously established reputation for gritty, urgent and impulsive writing, leaving the reader writhing in discomfort as Catherine falls again and again.'  (Introduction)
Dream States and Scapes Fiona Wright , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 402 2018; (p. 20-21)

'Bohemia Beach is a highly anticipated novel – the first work by Justine Ettler in twenty years. In many ways, it is a continuation of her oeuvre: a fast-paced, almost madcap tale about a wildly careening woman and the violent men she is drawn to, with obsession and addiction driving much of the narrative and narration. The novel is set largely in the Czech Republic in 2002, when the country was on the cusp of change: still dealing with the legacy of communism, but also turning towards the European Union and the market forces and systems that it entails.' (Introduction)

Justine Ettler : Bohemia Beach LS , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 5-11 May 2018;

'It’s been a long time between drinks for Justine Ettler. Marilyn’s Almost Terminal New York Adventure, Ettler’s previous novel, was released in 1996, and her debut prior to that, The River Ophelia, saw her heralded as a star of ’90s grunge lit alongside the likes of Andrew McGahan and Linda Jaivin. Her new novel, Bohemia Beach, is an ambitious and flawed attempt to connect addiction with personal, intergenerational and national post-traumatic stress disorder, while also referencing the Gothic Brontës and Kundera, among others.' (Introduction)

Open Page with Justine Ettler 2018 single work interview
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 401 2018; (p. 64)

'Why do you write?

'Because I love doing it and because at times I’ve been changed for the better as a result of reading great novels. Bohemia Beach is about a successful woman who is also an alcoholic. My love of Prague aside, I was inspired to challenge the novelistic cliché of the happy-go-lucky female drunk: bad things can happen to women who drink.' (Introduction)

Justine Ettler, Bohemia Beach Hannah Ianniello , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Long Paddock , December vol. 78 no. 3 2018;

— Review of Bohemia Beach Justine Ettler , 2018 single work novel
'Justine Ettler’s Bohemia Beach negotiates the mind of Catherine Bell, an acclaimed concert pianist, as she comes to terms with her alcoholism, trauma and obsessive nature. Written entirely in first person, we shift time and place as the narrative reveals not only posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but inherited trauma and self-inflicted trauma within the character. Along the way Ettler taps into her previously established reputation for gritty, urgent and impulsive writing, leaving the reader writhing in discomfort as Catherine falls again and again.'  (Introduction)
Open Page with Justine Ettler 2018 single work interview
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 401 2018; (p. 64)

'Why do you write?

'Because I love doing it and because at times I’ve been changed for the better as a result of reading great novels. Bohemia Beach is about a successful woman who is also an alcoholic. My love of Prague aside, I was inspired to challenge the novelistic cliché of the happy-go-lucky female drunk: bad things can happen to women who drink.' (Introduction)

Justine Ettler : Bohemia Beach LS , single work column

'It’s been a long time between drinks for Justine Ettler. Marilyn’s Almost Terminal New York Adventure, Ettler’s previous novel, was released in 1996, and her debut prior to that, The River Ophelia, saw her heralded as a star of ’90s grunge lit alongside the likes of Andrew McGahan and Linda Jaivin. Her new novel, Bohemia Beach, is an ambitious and flawed attempt to connect addiction with personal, intergenerational and national post-traumatic stress disorder, while also referencing the Gothic Brontës and Kundera, among others.' (Introduction)

Justine Ettler : Bohemia Beach LS , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 5-11 May 2018;

'It’s been a long time between drinks for Justine Ettler. Marilyn’s Almost Terminal New York Adventure, Ettler’s previous novel, was released in 1996, and her debut prior to that, The River Ophelia, saw her heralded as a star of ’90s grunge lit alongside the likes of Andrew McGahan and Linda Jaivin. Her new novel, Bohemia Beach, is an ambitious and flawed attempt to connect addiction with personal, intergenerational and national post-traumatic stress disorder, while also referencing the Gothic Brontës and Kundera, among others.' (Introduction)

Dream States and Scapes Fiona Wright , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 402 2018; (p. 20-21)

'Bohemia Beach is a highly anticipated novel – the first work by Justine Ettler in twenty years. In many ways, it is a continuation of her oeuvre: a fast-paced, almost madcap tale about a wildly careening woman and the violent men she is drawn to, with obsession and addiction driving much of the narrative and narration. The novel is set largely in the Czech Republic in 2002, when the country was on the cusp of change: still dealing with the legacy of communism, but also turning towards the European Union and the market forces and systems that it entails.' (Introduction)

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