Don't worry about the housing bubble, she would say. Don't worry about the fact that you will never be able to afford a home. Worry about the day after. That's when they will all come, with their black shirts and bayonets, and then you will see the drowned bodies and slit necks. And I would stand there and say, But Mum, why are you telling me this when I'm ten years old.
Working as a writer hasn't granted Pano the financial success he once imagined, but lobbying against a mosque being built across the road from his home (and the occasional meth-fuelled orgy) helps to pass the time. He's also found himself a gig ghostwriting for a wealthy property developer. The pay cheque alone is enough for him to turn a blind eye to some dodgy dealings - at least for the time being.
In a world full of flashy consumerism and aspiration, can Pano really escape his lot in life? And does he really want to?
A novel of dark desires and moral gray areas, THE PILLARS is an extraordinary new novel from one of Australia's most exciting contemporary voices.
Praise for DOWN THE HUME:
'DOWN THE HUME [is] essential reading in these times of "border protection"' - The Saturday Paper
'DOWN THE HUME's propulsive rhythm feels like entering a strong current. Its fast pace and escalating plot are typical of the noir genre, but it is also filled with unexpected and precise turns of phrase, which can shift quickly from the menial to the lyrical.' - The Guardian
'DOWN THE HUME should rightly take its place alongside the fiction of Christos Tsiolkas [and] Maxine Beneba Clarke... as work that reflects the reality and occasional ugliness of Australia's multiculturalism.' - Australian Book Review
'DOWN THE HUME is a robust study of ethnic, class and sexual identities in contemporary Australia.'- The Weekend Australian
Publication Date: 23-Jul-2019
Publisher: Hachette Australia