TWO AUTHORS from two sides of the planet have swung new deals: Pat Conroy from the US and Michelle de Kretser, a Sri Lankan based in Australia
THE PRINCE IS BACK. Pat Conroy, author of massive bestseller The Prince of Tides, is working on a new book, his first for more than 10 years. And Conroy says it is going to follow his trademark characteristics: the characters will be dysfunctional and depressed.
(His most recent work was definitely uncharacteristic -- it was a 2004 cookbook.)
"Everybody in this new book is dying and driving themselves off cliffs. So I'm back to normal," he said in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Prince of Tides, a massive bestseller in 1986 that was made into a movie by Barbra Streisand, was an intriguing book -- it had obvious flaws, but was remarkably engaging and powerful.
MICHELLE DE KRETSER, the Sri Lankan author of The Hamilton Case, has just sold a new novel, I hear. It’s called The Lost Dog and has just been sighted to Little, Brown in the US. The Australian rights are with Allen and Unwin. Michelle’s a fabulous writer and I can’t wait to read it.