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Diary of a Naked Official
Ouyang Yu
ISBN: 9781921924705
Trade PB 240pp
RRP: $29.95
Rights held: World
Release date: 1 May 2014

e-book also available

Anonymous, the keeper of the diary, deputy director of a publishing company in a nameless city in China, is a happily married man with a daughter until he succumbs fully to his sexual desires, forever searching for new erotic experiences and secret liaisons.

Anonymous is able to hoard a fortune, by embezzlement or corruption, with which he buys permanent resident status for his wife and daughter in the West. He stays behind in China, a situation commonly referred to as a naked official in contemporary Chinese terminology, one who has nothing to fear when exposed because his family is safely installed overseas with all his money.

In his startling new novel, Ouyang Yu explores the Chinese fascination with eroticism, combined with a vision of a society gone almost completely permissive, or mad. The reader is seduced into a world of lust and sexual adventure, in a novel that seems part de Sade, part Houellebecq, part Réage, but ultimately steers its own fearless, naked course.

‘Ouyang Yu’s work waits to be celebrated by the mainstream, just as Roberto Bolaño’s did.’ ALEX MILLER


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Ouyang Yu was born in Huangzhou,China. Since arriving in Australia in 1991, Yu has commenced an extraordinarily prolific literary career as a poet, critic, translator, editor and novelist. His award winning fiction includes The Eastern Slope Chronicle (2002) and The English Class (2010) .He is also well known  for his fine command of poetic craft and his poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and newspapers, and have been frequently anthologised. His first poetry collection, Moon Over Melbourne, was published in 1995, and has been followed by further collections. He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

More at: www.ouyangyu.com.au

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Sputnik’s Cousin
Kent MacCarter
ISBN: 9781921924675
Trade PB 144 pp
RRP: $24.00
Rights held: World
Release date: 1 May 2014

The poems and non-fiction collected in Sputnik’s Cousin rinse, relent and tumble in the slipstream of modernity. The indefatigable nature of objects – how they reverberate in the proximity of others and become polished from anachronistic histories retold – hum a progress charged by humanity’s witless pursuit of technology and civility. MacCarter’s poetry is a menagerie of Rube Goldberg contraptions; invoking idiom, definition, and refraction while harnessing the slope, speed and gravity of language to set in motion these absurdist machines. A light switch is turned off, but not by means of a flick: it took fracking in Russia, the building of a sand castle and a monastic jeep to do so. These are maximalist poems whose syntax is coerced through yoga ... poems of humour, warning and visceral sound.

‘This man can squeeze the toxic juices from the shredded rinds of time like no-one else, so you’d better get into the stellar industrial-monkey that is Sputnik’s Cousin.’ – Justin Clemens, author of The Mundiad and Villain .

‘Why not pick and trick MacCarter's own words from his poems so they describe what he's achieved with this great rockyroadcake of a book? Bypassing fidgets and the bore of disambiguation // chockers with references, wry quips and scratch’n’sniff stickers // the Michigan Under-10s Regional Kite Flying Champion spooks your cookies like a gymnast nailing her landing. The author is more modest than this, but his words do not lie. ’ – Ross Gibson, author of Seven Versions of an Australian Badland and The Summer Exercises.


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Kent MacCarter is a writer and editor in Melbourne. His previous poetry collections are In the Hungry Middle of Here (Transit Lounge, 2009) and Ribosome Spreadsheet (Picaro, 2011). He is also editor of Joyful Strains: Making Australia Home (Affirm Press, 2013), a non-fiction collection of diasporic, essays from international authors now living, writing from Australia. He is Managing Editor of Cordite Poetry Review.


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Claustrophobia
Tracy Ryan
9781921924729
Trade PB 234X153mm
240pp
RRP: $29.95
Release date: 1 July 2014
Rights Available: World excluding ANZ

Claustrophobia is the taut, compelling story of a young Perth wife who sets out to protect her husband by stalking his ex-lover, but unexpectedly falls into a passionate affair and a world of lies. In a novel that possesses the dark wit, psychological insight and narrative momentum of a Patricia Highsmith, Tracy Ryan captures the disturbing elements that sometimes lurk beneath the surface of a marriage. The realities of obsessive attachment and social isolation are explored through a deft and thought-provoking look at a complex personality and a plot that twists its page-turning way into our psyche.

On Tracy Ryan’s previous novel Sweet:
‘[A] claustrophobic but quite beautifully written saga... Ryan has crafted a novel that confronts big issues and big ideas while remaining accessible and wonderfully alive.’ - Patrick Allington, The Adelaide Advertiser

‘Ryan’s grasp of psychology is acute and her characterisations relentless and compelling.’ - Rhyll McMaster, Island


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Tracy Ryan was born in Western Australia and grew up there as part of a large family. She has taught literature, creative writing and film at various universities in Australia and in England, and worked as a bookseller, editor and translator. She has also lived in Ohio in the USA. Her poetry has won many awards. Claustrophobia is her fourth work of fiction.


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Over The Water
William Lane
ISBN: 9781921924668
Trade PB 208pp
RRP: $26.99
All rights: Transit Lounge
Release date: 1 August 2014

Hauntingly beautiful and told with remarkable clarity, Over The Water is the story of an Australian outsider who finds teaching work in Bandung, a city in Java. Seduced by the sights, sounds, and magic of Indonesia Joe finds himself unwittingly drawn into the lives of three women. Firstly he rents a room in fellow teacher Lisa’s house, and discovers that she has a small harem of Indonesian boys living with her. Then there is Danu, a Javanese beauty who says she is trying to escape an arranged marriage. Both Danu and Joe find common ground in seeking aspects of themselves ‘over the water’ - for Danu this means the West, for Joe it means the East. Joe also feels a connection with Babette, a reclusive English woman who lives in a crumbling Dutch villa. She is an old friend of Joe’s elder brother, Emile, who once lived in Bandung. Her relationship with Emile has long ceased, but Joe makes a remarkable discovery. As Over the Water unfolds, Joe discovers that his identity is not only fragile, it is disturbingly arbitrary. Based at least in part on the author’s experiences of living in Indonesia, this compelling debut is the quintessential novel about East and West, and how our dreams manifest themselves.

‘A kind of Wake in Fright set in Indonesia, Lane paints an unsentimental portrait of wanderlust and the perils of freedom. But he doesn't stop there. With hallucinatory vision, he draws back the curtains to reveal the inevitable pull and power of a mythic undertow.’ - Courtney Collins, author of The Burial.

William Lane lives on the North Coast of NSW, where he is raising three children. After completing an Honours degree in Australian Literature, he travelled and worked in a number of different jobs. In addition to reading and writing, his interests include music and education. He is currently completing a doctorate on the Australian writer, Christina Stead. William has had several critical articles on Stead published in literary journals, and his short story, ‘Children’s Hospital’, appeared in the anthology Things that are Found in Trees and Other Stories (2012). Over the Water is his first novel.


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