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'Who wants to be the same as everyone else? You don't want to be ordinary, do you?' Tom always imagined he was adopted. At 17, he flees ordinariness in small-town Australia for Melbourne and a run-down block named Cairo. There he meets Max Cheever. Enigmatic, artistic, anarchic: Max liberates Tom into a new world - of first love, first crimes - and the greatest art heist of the twentieth century. This is his family now. But of all this summer's lessons, the cruellest will be telling what is real from what is fake.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 156 x 240 x 28mm | 520g
  • Riverrun
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1848663919
  • 9781848663916
  • 549,860

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'Drawing on the finest traditions of an Alfred Hitchcock movie - suspense and ever-growing tension' Mail on Sunday. * Mail on Sunday * 'At once a slow-burning thriller and a delicate description of the onset of manhood ... compelling' Daily Mail. * Daily Mail *
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About Chris Womersley

Chris Womersley was born in Melbourne in 1968. His fiction and reviews have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Granta New Writing and The Age, and In 2007 one of his short stories won the Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize. Bereft is his second novel.
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707 ratings
3.57 out of 5 stars
5 13% (92)
4 46% (323)
3 30% (210)
2 9% (61)
1 3% (21)
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