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Eight Lives

Susan Hurley



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Affirm Press
01 April 2019
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A riveting mystery that is gradually revealed within a multi-faceted story centred around the world of scientific pharmaceutical drug trials. Hurley has five narrators give us their understanding of events surrounding the death of a young 'star-on-the-rise' doctor: The former schoolmate, the girlfriend, the research assistant, the sister, the PR 'fixer' - each give their view in a story of refugees, immigrants and family, of scientific endeavour and discovery, and of business venture capital deal-making. Underpinning all of this is money. Serious money and power. A tightly written tale of misfortune and misdoings. Craig Kirchner


Former refugee David Tran becomes the Golden Boy of Australian medical research and invents a drug that could transform immunology. Eight volunteers are recruited for the first human trial, a crucial step on the path to global fame for David and windfall gains for his investors. But when David dies in baffling circumstances, motives are put under the microscope.

With its origins in a real-life drug trial that ended in tragedy, Eight Lives is told from the perspectives of David's friends, family and business associates, who all played a role in his downfall.

A smart, sophisticated thriller that explores power, class and prejudice, Eight Lives will keep you engrossed until the last page.

By:   Susan Hurley
Imprint:   Affirm Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   540g
ISBN:   9781925712766
ISBN 10:   1925712761
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   01 April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Susan Hurley has worked in medical research and the pharmaceutical industry for more than thirty years. Her research has been published in high profile medical journals like the Lancet and her writing has appeared in Kill Your Darlings, The Australian, The Big Issue, Mascara Literary Review and literary journals, magazines and newspapers. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Peter Carey Short Story Award and Eight Lives, her first novel, was shortlisted for the 2018 UK Caledonia Novel Award. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and labradoodle.

Reviews for Eight Lives

Clever, complex, suspenseful-Susan Hurley's Eight Lives is the science thriller I've been hoping for. - Toni Jordan

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