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Issue Details: First known date: 2002... 2002 A Child's Book of True Crime
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'Kate Byrne is having an affair with the father of her most gifted pupil, Lucien. Unnervingly, her lover's wife has just published Murder at Black Swan Point, a true crime novel about the brutal slaying of a young adulteress. Suspecting the adult account of Black Swan Point's murder to be wrong, Kate imagines her own version of the novel, for children, narrated by Australian animals. But has her obsession with the crime aligned her fate with that of the murdered adulteress?

'Compelled by the lives of her nine-year-old students, Kate is a misfit among their parents. And though, in scenes of escalating eroticism, Lucien's father brings her to life sexually, he does nothing to penetrate her obsession with the past. Kate is fixated on the crime of passion that occurred years earlier, less and less aware of her own reputation in the present.' (Synopsis)

Notes

  • Listed in The New York Times Book Review's list of Notable Books for 2002.
  • Dedication: For J & T

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Scribner ,
      2002 .
      Extent: 238p.
      ISBN: 0743225120
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Jonathan Cape ,
      2002 .
      Extent: 288p.
      ISBN: 0224062379
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Vintage UK ,
      2017 .
      Extent: 237p.
      Note/s:
      • Published : January 26, 2017

      ISBN: 9781784706050
    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage Australia , 2017 .
      image of person or book cover 5863876519681964573.jpg
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      Extent: 237p.
      ISBN: 9781740512084

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  • Also sound recording.

Works about this Work

What I’m Reading Oliver Mestitz , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: Meanjin Online 2020;
y separately published work icon Writing Belonging at the Millennium : Notes from the Field on Settler-Colonial Place Emily Potter , Bristol Chicago : Intellect , 2019 18882857 2019 multi chapter work criticism

'Writing Belonging at the Millennium brings together two pressing and interrelated matters: the global environmental impacts of post-industrial economies and the politics of place in settler-colonial societies. It focuses on Australia at the millennium, when the legacies of colonization intersected with intensifying environmental challenges in a climate of anxiety surrounding settler-colonial belonging. The question of what “belonging means is central to the discussion of the unfolding politics of place in Australia and beyond.

'In this book, Emily Potter negotiates the meaning of belonging in a settler-colonial field and considers the role of literary texts in feeding and contesting these legacies and anxieties. Its intention is to interrogate the assumption that non-indigenous Australians' increasingly unsustainable environmental practices represent a failure on their part to adequately belong in the country. Writing Belonging at the Millennium explores the idea of unsettled non-indigenous belonging as context for the emergence of potentially decolonized relations with place in a time of heightened global environmental concern.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Animal Detectives and ‘Anthropocene Noir’ in Chloe Hooper’s A Child’s Book of True Crime David Farrier , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Textual Practice , June vol. 32 no. 5 2018; (p. 875-893)

'In a recent lecture, Deborah Bird Rose posited the emergence of 'Anthropocene noir', a reality in which 'we, human beings, are all criminals, all detectives, and all victims'. In the Anthropocene there is no single body, culprit, scene or event which definitively identifies the 'crime' of the current extinction crisis. Delocalised in its causes, incalculable and potentially irredeemable in its effects, this crisis is a compelling example of what Ulrich Beck calls global risks, anticipated catastrophes which cannot be delimited spatially, temporally or socially.'  (Publication abstract)

Repeat Offenders George Dunford , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 69 no. 3 2010; (p. 142-148)
Hooper's Crossing Mark Dapin , 2008 single work biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 28 June 2008; (p. 30-31, 34, 36)
Enter the Novelist, and a Pulse for Passion Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 March 2002; (p. 8-9)

— Review of A Child's Book of True Crime Chloe Hooper , 2002 single work novel
Tasmanian Setting Doesn't Save Tale of Murder Christopher Bantick , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 10 March 2002; (p. 55)

— Review of A Child's Book of True Crime Chloe Hooper , 2002 single work novel
An Adequate Romp - but Not in Tasmania Liam Davison , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9-10 March 2002; (p. 11)

— Review of A Child's Book of True Crime Chloe Hooper , 2002 single work novel
Crime and Innocence Katharine England , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 16 March 2002; (p. 21)

— Review of A Child's Book of True Crime Chloe Hooper , 2002 single work novel
Heart Beats Anne Susskind , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 19 March vol. 120 no. 6316 2002; (p. 82)

— Review of A Child's Book of True Crime Chloe Hooper , 2002 single work novel
Hey, Sister, Can You Spare a Crime? Jane Sullivan , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 29 June 2003; (p. 10)
Soundings from Down Under Nicholas Birns , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 17 no. 2 2003; (p. 164-168)
Books and Covers : Reflections on Some Recent Australian Novels Elizabeth Webby , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sydney Studies in English , vol. 29 no. 2003; (p. 79-86)
Compares the covers of Australian, American and English editions of recent Australian novels, including three novels short-listed for the 2002 Miles Franklin Award.
Disorienting Horizons : Encountering the Past in Chloe Hooper's A Child's Book of True Crime Emily Potter , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 3 no. 2004; (p. 95-102)
Hooper's Crossing Mark Dapin , 2008 single work biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 28 June 2008; (p. 30-31, 34, 36)
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