Patrick Allington's novel Figurehead was longlisted for the 2010 Miles Franklin award, and his short fiction has appeared in Meanjin, Griffith Review, The Big Issue, Southerly and elsewhere. He writes regular book criticism for Australian Book Review and The Advertiser, and his critical writings have appeared in The Weekend Australian and The Monthly. Patrick was awarded the Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship at the 2010 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, and he is the inaugural ABR (Australian Book Review) Patrons' Fellow. He was inaugural Fiction Editor of Melbourne literary magazine Etchings, and has edited everything from fiction to scholarly works to a first aid manual.
Latest Book: Figurehead
Black Inc., Melbourne, 2009
What if you saved a man's life and he went on to play a leading role in one of the bloodiest revolutions of modern times? Ted Whittlemore, radical Australian journalist, does just that. In the late '60s, he saves Nhem Kiry, later known as 'Pol Pot's mouthpiece'. When the Khmer Rouge take power in Cambodia, Whittlemore watches, fascinated and horrified, as the ideals he holds dear are translated into unfathomable violence. In the intervening decades, as he tries to make sense of what went wrong, it is as if Kiry's life has become intertwined with his own.
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