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A Private Man

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Language  English
Media type  Print (Paperback)
ISBN  174051243X
Author  Malcolm Knox
Country  Australia
3.4/5 Goodreads

Publication date  2004
Pages  385
Originally published  2004
Page count  385
Genres  Novel, Crime Fiction
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Publisher  Vintage Books, Australia
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A Private Man (2004) is a crime novel by Australian author Malcolm Knox. It won the 2005 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Novel.

Contents

Plot summary

Dr John Brand has been dead for two days and his eldest son, Davis, suspects a cover-up. Another son, Chris, is batting to save his career in the Sydney Test, and a neglected third, Hammett, lurks in the background. During the five days of the cricket match, the family struggles with the death and its recriminations.

Reviews

Simon Caterson in The Age notes that the novel "makes the audacious thematic move of presenting porn as a male obsession as widespread as porn's much more socially acceptable entertainment counterpart, sport".

Awards and nominations

  • 2005 winner Ned Kelly Award — Best First Novel
  • 2005 commended Commonwealth Writers Prize — South East Asia and South Pacific Region — Best Book
  • 2005 shortlisted Tasmania Pacific Region Prize — Tasmania Pacific Fiction Prize
  • 2005 longlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
  • 2005 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards — Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
  • 2006 longlisted International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
  • References

    A Private Man Wikipedia


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