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Initially trained as a lawyer, Anna George has worked in the legal world as well as the film and television industries. She later studied Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT.

Her first novel, What Came Before, was published in 2014, and was shortlisted for both the Davitt Award and the Ned Kelly Award (as well as longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award). In 2017, she published her second novel, The Lone Child.

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y separately published work icon The Lone Child Melbourne : Viking , 2017 10897204 2017 single work novel

'Neve Ayres has always been so careful. Since her mother’s death when Neve was seven, she’s learned to look after herself and to keep her cards close. But now her deliberately constructed world has collapsed: her partner’s left her when she was eight months pregnant. And so, alone with her newborn son, she’s retreated to her cliff-top holiday house in coastal Flinders.

'There, another child comes into her life.

'The first time Neve sees Jessie, the small girl is playing on an empty stretch of beach. On the cold autumn day, she is bare-legged and alone, while her mother is distracted by her own troubles. At once, almost despite herself, Neve is intrigued and concerned, and Jessie is drawn to Neve’s kindness – and to her home.

'To Neve’s surprise, Jessie becomes an unlikely source of much needed care for her and her baby. Having been lost in the sleepless haze of new motherhood, Neve is touched, and finds herself grappling with how to best help the forgotten girl. She has the spacious house, the full pantry, the resources . . . But how much can you – should you – do for a stranger’s child?

'Beautifully written and emotionally compelling, The Lone Child is about parenting and judgement, loss and love. From the acclaimed author of What Came Before, this is a gripping, atmospheric novel that explores how the desire to mother, and to be mothered, can be overwhelmingly seductive. ' (Publication summary)

2018 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
2018 shortlisted Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Novel
y separately published work icon What Came Before Melbourne : Penguin Books , 2014 7459114 2014 single work novel thriller

'My name is David James Forrester. I'm a solicitor. Tonight, at 6.10, I killed my wife. This is my statement.'

'In Melbourne's inner west, David sits in his car, dictaphone in hand. He's sick to his stomach but determined to record his version of events. His wife Elle hovers over her own lifeless body as it lies in the laundry of the house they shared. David thinks back on their relationship – intimate, passionate, intense – and what led to this terrible night.

'From her eerie vantage point, Elle traces the sweep of their shared past too. Before David, she'd enjoyed a contented life – as a successful filmmaker, a much-loved aunt and friend. But in the course of two years, she was captivated and then undone by him. Not once in those turbulent times did she imagine that her alluring, complex husband was capable of this.

'Dark, atmospheric and gripping, What Came Before is a stunning literary thriller about the risks you take when you fall in love.' (Publication summary)

2016 longlisted International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2015 shortlisted Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best First Novel
2015 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Debut
2015 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
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