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Chris Womersley Chris Womersley i(A1765 works by)
Born: Established: 1968 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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Chris Womersley's fiction and reviews have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Granta New Writing 14, Best Australian Stories 2006, the Monthly and the Age.

In 2007, he released his first novel, The Low Road. He has since published three more novels, most recently City of Crows. A winner of a Ned Kelly Award for his debut novel, he has been shortlisted for a range of prestigious Australian and international literary awards, including the Miles Franklin Award (2011), the ALS God Medal (2011), and the CWA Gold Dagger (2012). His work has been taught at the Australian National University and RMIT.

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City of Crows 2017 single work novel historical fiction fantasy

'A woman's heart contains all things. Her heart is tender and loving, but it has other elements. It contains fire and intrigue and mighty storms. Shipwreck and all that has ever happened in the world. Murder, if need be...'

'1673. Desperate to save herself and her only surviving child Nicolas from an outbreak of plague, Charlotte Picot flees her tiny village in the French countryside. But when Nicolas is abducted by a troop of slavers, Charlotte resorts to witchcraft and summons assistance in the shape of a malevolent man. She and her companion travel to Paris where they become further entwined in the underground of sorcerers and poisoners - and where each is forced to reassess their ideas of good and evil. Before Charlotte is finished she will wander hell's halls, trade with a witch and accept a demon's fealty. Meanwhile, a notorious criminal is unexpectedly released from the prison galleys where he has served a brutal sentence for sacrilege...' (Synopsis)

2018 shortlisted Indie Awards Fiction
Bereft 2010 single work novel historical fiction

'It is 1919. The Great War has ended, but the Spanish flu epidemic is raging across Australia. Schools are closed, state borders are guarded by armed men, and train travel is severely restricted. There are rumours it is the end of the world.

In the NSW town of Flint, Quinn Walker returns to the home he fled ten years earlier when he was accused of an unspeakable crime. Aware that his father and uncle would surely hang him, Quinn hides in the hills surrounding Flint. There, he meets the orphan Sadie Fox - a mysterious young girl who seems to know more about the crime than she should.

A searing gothic novel of love, longing and justice, Bereft is about the suffering endured by those who go to war and those who are forever left behind.' (From the publisher's website.)

2012 shortlisted Crime Writers' Association (UK) The CWA Gold Dagger
2012 shortlisted The National Year of Reading 2012 Our Story Collection New South Wales
2012 longlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2011 shortlisted Booksellers Choice Award
2011 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year
2011 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2011 shortlisted Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Novel
2011 shortlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
2011 shortlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2011 winner Indie Awards Fiction
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