Down The Hume

Down The Hume

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SHORTLISTED FOR NSW PREMIERS LITERARY AWARDS MULTICULTURAL NSW AWARD 2018



'tough and compelling' - Christos Tsiolkas





'He touched my face. When his hand went along my bruised top lip and my almost broken nose, I winced from the pain. His fist went into a deep denim pocket. Pulled out a Syrinapx bottle, twisted the cap off and handed me two light blue pills.'



How did Bucky get here? A series of accidents. A tragic love for a violent man. An addiction to painkillers he can't seem to kick. An unlikely friendship with an ageing patient.



Drugs, memories and the objects of his desire are colluding against Bucky. And when it hits him. Bam. A ton of bricks ...



The shadowy places of Western Sydney can be lit up with the hope of love, but no streetlight can illuminate like obsession.



A novel of addiction, secrets and misplaced love, this is an Australian debut not to be missed.



'DOWN THE HUME [is] essential reading in these times of "border protection"' - The Saturday Paper



'DOWN THE HUME's propulsive rhythm feels like entering a strong current. Its fast pace and escalating plot are typical of the noir genre, but it is also filled with unexpected and precise turns of phrase, which can shift quickly from the menial to the lyrical.' - The Guardian



'DOWN THE HUME should rightly take its place alongside the fiction of Christos Tsiolkas [and] Maxine Beneba Clarke... as work that reflects the reality and occasional ugliness of Australia's multiculturalism.' - AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW





'DOWN THE HUME is a robust study of ethnic, class and sexual identities in contemporary Australia.'- The Weekend Australian
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 136 x 208 x 24mm | 280g
  • Sydney, Australia
  • English
  • Digital original
  • 0733635563
  • 9780733635564
  • 213,049

Review quote

Down the Hume should rightly take its place alongside the fiction of Christos Tsiolkas [and] Maxine Beneba Clarke... as work that reflects the reality and occasional ugliness of Australia's multiculturalism. - Australian Book Review
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About Peter Polites

Peter Polites is a writer of Greek descent from Western Sydney. As part of the SWEATSHOP writers collective, Peter has written and performed pieces all over Australia.



His first novel, Down the Hume, was shortlisted for a NSW Premier's Literary Award in 2017. The Pillars is his second novel.
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232 ratings
3.58 out of 5 stars
5 18% (42)
4 40% (92)
3 28% (66)
2 10% (23)
1 4% (9)
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