First Book Club

Meet tomorrow’s biggest authors today in a series of intimate free events with debut Australian authors.

Established in 2014, the KYD First Book Club partners with local publishers to each month promote a new release debut book of fiction or non-fiction that KYD is gunning for everyone to read!

Through a series of events, online content, podcast coverage and profiles, the KYD First Book Club encourages wide-ranging and long-lasting conversations about these authors and their books both on and off the screen.

March First Book Club: Peter Polites’ Down The Hume

Our First Book Club pick for March is Peter Polites’ debut novel Down The Hume (Hachette Australia), a queer noir novel of addiction, secrets and misplaced love, set in the shadowy places of Western Sydney.

down-the-humeHow 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…

Former KYD online editor Veronica Sullivan describes Down The Hume‘s prose as ‘[packing] a punch in clipped, sparse beats…scattered with insights about the ways people relate – and fail to relate – to each other, as moments of connection give way to slackened despair.’

Read an interview with Peter Polites here, Liam Pieper’s review of the novel here, and hear further discussion and a reading from the novel on the latest episode of the KYD Podcast.

Stay tuned as we exploring more of the book on the KYD website and podcast throughout March!

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