From Australia's hottest talents, this dazzling collection of stories will make you think of icy-poles, holidays at the beach, thrumming cicadas, New Year's resolutions, water restrictions, and scorching heat . . .

Here too are tales of sudden death, abandonment, abduction, betrayal, family feuds, and murder. Dip into Scorched for some perfect summer reading.


Alan Attwood

Alan Attwood was born in Scotland in 1957 and emigrated to Australia with his family in 1961. He has worked as an abalone packer, a dishwasher and a mail sorter but, since 1978, mainly as a journalist. From 1995 to 1998 he was the New York-based correspondent for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and more recently he has been a columnist for The Age. He was shortlisted for The Australian/Vogel Literary Award with Sinking Into Winter in 1990, and his novel Breathing Underwater was published in 1997. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and three children.

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