culture | 14 september 2017

Annaleese jochems' new novel is a sunburnt psychological thriller of obsession and escape. Eleanor catton describes it as ‘Sultry, sinister, hilarious and demented, Baby blazes with intelligence and murderous black humour. Heavenly Creatures for a new generation.’ You can hear an excerpt read by the author herself in the video below. 

 

Video Produced by Lo & Behold & Victoria University Press

Camera: Ezra Simons    Edit: Mitch Alison

 

'Patricia Highsmith meets reality TV in this compelling debut. Jochems nudges up the tension until we can’t bear to look – and can’t bear to look away: thrilling, dangerous and deliciously funny.’ – Catherine Chidgey

‘This funny, sexy, unnerving novel challenges received ideas and delivers jolts of pleasure and disquiet throughout. Jochems, like her extraordinary creation Cynthia, is a force to be reckoned with.’ – Emily Perkins

‘Taut, savvy, biting, and at points piercingly beautiful – Jochems's sentences shift from deadpan humour to lyrical simplicity to emotional menace with deft, edgy style.’ – Tracey Slaughter

 

 'Baby' is available now at all leading bookstores

or from the Victoria University Press Website

 

Music courtesy of The Labcoats. Track is The Missing Mermaid from the album O Potassium, on Rough Peel Records, 2015.

 

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