The Nowhere Child (Christian White, Affirm Press) by Christian White

Sammy Went was a toddler when she disappeared from her home in Kentucky 28 years ago. Kim Leamy is an Australian photography teacher living a fairly unremarkable life until a stranger approaches her. The stranger, obsessed with Sammy’s disappearance, is convinced that Kim is the missing toddler. Although she initially dismisses him, Kim looks into her past and finds that things don’t add up. To unravel the truth, she visits Sammy’s birthplace and uncovers a world of southern gothic strangeness: cults and secrets, conspiracy and trauma. The Nowhere Child is a page-turning labyrinth of twists and turns that moves seamlessly between the past and the present, revealing the story in parts and successfully keeping the reader guessing until the final unexpected reveal. 

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Christian White wins $15,000 Victorian Premier's unpublished manuscript award by Torre DeRoche

If past form is anything to go by, Christian White is onto a winner.

Technically that's what he is already, having on Wednesday been named recipient of this year's $15,000 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript for his novel Decay Theory.

Christian White won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript for his novel Decay Theory.

But previous winners have found the award just the first step to publishing deals, critical acclaim, big sales and even film deals.

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