“The ANZ LitLovers Book of the Year is… *drum roll* Flame Tip by Karenlee Thompson”
Read the 2017 ANZLitLovers Australian and New Zealand Best Books of the Year here
“… a compellingly readable and thought-provoking collection.” – Kerryn Goldsworthy, The Age/Sydney Morning Herald. Read the review here.
Listen to Flame Tip author Karenlee Thompson on ABC radio here
February 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the Tasmanian Black Tuesday bush fires. Flame Tip will resonate with Australians, fire being elemental in our consciousness, and with Tasmanians in particular who may recognise themselves and their surroundings within the lines of fiction.
Flame Tip is a slim collection of short fictions that explore different realities and perceptions arising from the Tasmanian bushfires. The pieces in this collection are as diverse in subject matter (infidelity, love, suicide) as they are in length. Despite the horror of one day of infernal terror, these stories reveal nuances of character and place through resilience, empathy, honesty and humour.
“One of those books which make you feel as if you have taken a meaningful journey with some people you hadn’t met before but know a lot better at the end!”
Read a great review: bit.ly/2k0S03e
David Walsh, the controversial and high-profile owner of Mona (the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart), has written the Foreword.
Karenlee Thompson, a writer of fiction and non-fiction, is passionate about reading and writing the Australian voice. She has been published by The Weekend Australian, Antipodes, Woman’s Day, The Big Issue and Writing Queensland amongst others. She has written short stories for children (NSW Education Department’s Countdown and Orbit) and her novel 8 States of Catastrophe (Brolga) was published in 2011. She was a finalist in the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize in 2015 and in 2016.
Listen to Karenlee Thompson discussing Flame Tip with Melanie Tait on ABC Radio Hobart here Starts at 1.05.40.
Follow Karenlee on her blog: https://karenleethompson.wordpress.com/