by David Thorne


"I laughed so hard and uncontrollably I could hardly breathe. Reading this on public transport is not a good idea."--Penthouse magazine

"In the dominion of social networking and electronic communication, David Thorne has become the king of biting sarcasm." --Thane Burnett, editor, Sun Media

We are more than pleased to announce that we now officially handle rights to David Thorne's books

David Thorne is an Australian humourist, satirist, and Internet personality. His work has been featured on the BBC, the Late Show with David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Thorne gained public recognition in late 2008 for an email exchange in which he attempts to pay an overdue bill with a drawing of a seven-legged spider. The exchange spread virally via email and social networking sites, leading to a surge of visitors to his website 27b/6 (27bslash6). 27b/6 features a collection of humorous emails and articles from Thorne's life. These and additional essays appear in Thorne's book, The Internet is a Playground. Published by Penguin Group and released on 28 April 2011, the book debuted at number four on The New York Times Best Seller list.



by Fiona McFarlane

The Gernert Company


A mesmerizing first novel about trust, dependence, and fear, from a major new writer

Ruth is widowed, her sons are grown, and she lives in an isolated beach house outside of town. Her routines are few and small. One day a stranger arrives at her door, looking as if she has been blown in from the sea. This woman—Frida—claims to be a care worker sent by the government. Ruth lets her in.

Now that Frida is in her house, is Ruth right to fear the tiger she hears on the prowl at night, far from its jungle habitat? Why do memories of childhood in Fiji press upon her with increasing urgency? How far can she trust this mysterious woman, Frida, who seems to carry with her her own troubled past? And how far can Ruth trust herself?

The Night Guest, Fiona McFarlane’s hypnotic first novel, is no simple tale of a crime committed and a mystery solved. This is a tale that soars above its own suspense to tell us, with exceptional grace and beauty, about ageing, love, trust, dependence, and fear; about processes of colonization; and about things (and people) in places they shouldn’t be. Here is a new writer who comes to us fully formed, working wonders with language, renewing our faith in the power of fiction to describe the mysterious workings of our minds.

Foreign sales to date: Hamish Hamilton-Penguin Australia (Australia/New Zealand), Sceptre/Hodder (UK & BC), Einaudi (Italy), DVA (Germany), Olivier Cohen (France), Lumen (Spain), Meulenhoff (Netherlands), Gyldendal (Norway), China Times (Taiwan), Achuzat Bayit (Israel), China CITIC (China), Muza (Poland), Sigongsa (Korea), Angle Editorial (Catalan), Paseka (Czech Republic), Bertrand (Brazil), Hayakawa (Japan), Atticus-Azbooka (Russia).

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