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With his debut novel, Christopher Hawkes follows two brothers into a precarious adulthood that is charged with wreckage, risk and volatility. This is a masterful tale of damage and the search for redemption.
“The Miscreants is superb: a disturbing and immensely satisfying tale of human frailty. We need novels like this.”
Cameron Raynes, author of First Person Shooter
Christopher Hawkes was born in London, grew up in Cambridgeshire, and lived in Canada and Sweden before moving to Melbourne in 2000. He now lives in Footscray with his wife and son.
The Miscreants by Christopher Hawkes
When their mother throws herself off the balcony of their Islington council flat, brothers Harry and Ethan are set adrift.
Years later, Harry moves to Canada to escape friendships and drug deals that have gone sour, and Ethan enrols in university, hoping to find answers to life’s biggest questions.
But when Ethan goes missing, Harry comes home. He traces Ethan to Sweden, and to Gretta. Gretta holds the clues to Ethan’s mysterious connection to a doomsday cult, but will Harry find him before it’s too late?
“This is a maelstrom of a novel. Hawkes is a writer with timely, profound things to say about damage, family and the human condition and how they can drag a person toward madness with tidal relentlessness. Hawkes writes of the ordinary, the ugly and the deplorable with great beauty. The Miscreants is superb: a disturbing and immensely satisfying tale of human frailty. We need novels like this.” Cameron Raynes, author of First Person Shooter
“Driven by menace, weighed down by fear, compelled by bloodlines and story, brothers Ethan and Harry hurtle on buses, trains, and on foot, across countries, continents – to pitch ashore at a place of inexorable reckoning, where only the marred or miscreant find function…The Miscreants is a debut novel in which language, muscular and crisp, is fired by adrenalin, black humour and heartbreaking nihilism.” Gay Lynch, author of Unsettled