April 2020 Fiction & Entertainment Lead Titles

The Night Side of the Country Meagan Delahunt

Paperback | Apr 2020 | UWA Publishing | 9781760801267 | 144pp | 180x130mm | GEN | AUD$24.99, NZD$29.99

It is the Time of the Felled Men.

M, a writer, finds her own past triggered by the constant revelations of misogyny and violence. The novel she is writing stalls. She involves herself in #MeToo and this has consequences – including the threat of litigation. She retreats to a guesthouse on a holy island (a fictional Iona) and there she encounters B - a woman who may or may not be a figment of her imagination - a woman who may or may not be Irish. This encounter takes M's novel in a different direction. B is reckoning with her violent political past in an organisation known as the Movement. B also suffers the consequences of stepping forward in this period. She has been on the run since speaking out against gender violence.

All the way through, the threat looms large: A man may come here. We both know this much.

The novel plays with modes of storytelling to address the central questions: How do we deal with trauma and gender violence? How do we give voice to that which has been unvoiced? How do we heal?

This feminist genre-crossing novel explores the creative process as a place of refuge, ambiguity, and as a starting point for resistance. The place where the 'You' and the 'I' connect.