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Down The Hume

Peter Polites


Hachette Australia

Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


352 pages

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'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 by Peter Polites at 131 York Street Sydney
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By:   Peter Polites
Imprint:   Hachette Australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 136mm,  Width: 209mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   280g
ISBN:   9780733635564
ISBN 10:   0733635563
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   February 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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. Alongside SMH Best Young Novelists Luke Carman and Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Polites wrote and performed THREE JERKS - a spoken word piece about the Cronulla riots - to sellout crowds in Sydney and Melbourne. He has recently been commissioned to write a play about the migrant experience in Western Sydney for Sydney Festival, to be performed in 2017. DOWN THE HUME is his first novel.

Gritty novel of a Sydney I've never seen before. -- Kali Napier Netgalley smart and pleasantly unnerving -- Oliver Driscoll Books+Publishing Polites' novel ultimately offers a riotous vision of an authentically multicultural Australia that One Nation - and increasingly the far right of the LNP - cannot accept. This makes Down the Hume essential reading in these times of border protection . The Saturday Paper Feature TO COME FBi's Book Club A novel of addiction, secrets and misplaced love, this is an Australian debut not to be missed + Competition Queensland Times Hume is a robust study of ethnic, class and sexual identities that intersect in contemporary Australia + Article -- Nathan Smith Weekend Australian an edgy debut novel -- Shelley Hadfield Herald Sun Book of the week Stellar

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