Nikki Gemmell

‘Gemmell has written a powerful novel that does not flinch from strong emotion or description to provide a luminous insight into the fringes of Australian society and the long, dark night of the soul’ The Times

‘The desolate landscapes of central Australia, eerily beautiful and cruel, are superbly evoked in Cleave. Nikki Gemmell’s heroine, Snip Freeman, is a painter who, as a child, lived in the centre until her father Bud deserted her . . . Prompted by her grandmother, she heads west from Sydney with a stranger, Dave, in search of Bud, her own childhood and, perhaps, a new life. Gemmell writes brilliantly about the journey, about Snip’s insistence that she feels lust, not love, for Dave, and later about Snip and her father marooned in the desert, both hallucinating as they run out of water and hope’ Sunday Times

'Gemmell's Aussie swagger, her inventive, compound adjectives - piss-weak, hurt-cold, childhood-cheap, fifties-neat, owl-awake - and her mastery of an epic, Odyssean style ensure that hers is one of the few truly original voices to emerge in a long time' Time Out, New York

Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978144720457201
Published: 31/05/2011

Nikki Gemmell

Nikki Gemmell

Born in Wollongong, Australia, Nikki Gemmell now lives in London. Her novels include Cleave and Lovesong.


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