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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Five Wounds: Synopsis

My novel, Five Wounds, will be published in Australia by Allen & Unwin in early May. Here is a brief synopsis (adapted from this part of my website):

In a cruel and arbitrary world, where disturbing lapses in logic are commonplace, five orphans must face their traumatic origins.

Gabriella is a crippled angel, haunted by her inability to interpret prophecies. Cur is the rabid leader of a sect of dogs, desperate to escape his inheritance. Cuckoo is a gambler with a wax face determined to find a fixed identity before his luck runs out. Magpie is a thief in search of the perfect photographic subject, but terrified of going blind. Crow is a leper trying to distil the essence of death as an antidote to dying.

Each of them is deformed; each has a special ability; each is connected to all of the others. And each gets exactly what they deserve. Or do they?


Five Wounds is inspired by European folk tales, the history of Venice, the Bible, and Uncanny X-Men. The text is accompanied throughout by original illustrations, in the style of Goya’s etchings, which were created by Dan Hallett, who also worked on my first book, Pistols! Treason! Murder!.

In the next few blog entries, I shall provide brief discussions of some of the novel's distinctive features (as requested by my editors / publisher).

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