Kate Finlayson’s first novel is a bumpy bronco ride, as exhilarating, confronting, and messy as the Northern Territory that she writes about so passionately. Finlayson’s protagonist, Connie, is stuck barmaiding in a rough city pub. Despite her street smarts and university degree, Connie is starting to go to the dogs along with the pub’s patrons. She decides to leave Sydney to pursue a post-adolescent obsession with Rod Ansell, the inspiration for the Crocodile Dundee films. Ansell (his real name) is hiding somewhere in the Territory, and Connie fantasises about finding him and turning him into her ideal lover, her longed-for soul mate.
Susan Varga’s first book, Heddy and Me, won the Christina Stead Award for non-fiction. Her first novel, Happy Families, won both the Braille and Talking Book of the Year awards. The travel memoir, Broometime was co-authored with her partner Anne Coombs. Her novel Headlong was short-listed for the Barbara Jefferies Award. Rupture, her first book of poetry, was commended for the Elder Award and was nominated in the ABR's Best Books of the Year in 2016. She is currently working on a memoir utilizing poetry and prose.