When We Have Wings
Allen & Unwin, $32 pb, 472 pp, 9781742375564
When We Have Wings, the first novel by Blue Mountains journalist Claire Corbett, offers an ambitious and politically engaged blend of detective narrative, family melodrama, and futuristic thriller. In the dystopian world that Corbett depicts, social élites are distinguished by their ability to fly. These elect ‘fliers’ soar through the air using genuine wings. One such flier is the affluent Peter Chesshyre, whose child’s nanny, Peri, seemingly unhealthily fixated, abducts his baby son, Hugo.