Author(s): Peter Rose
A striking first novel of contemporary life and manners from award-winning biographer (Rose Boys) and poet, Peter Rose. The cast Julia Collis: a brilliant but unconventional publisher, more than a little controlling of her m nage Candy Collis: an opera singer with a bright future and a dark mother Matthew Light: a young actor, taken under Julia's wing as a teenage boy, obsessively in love with Roman Anthem Roman Anthem: the 21-year-old grandson of a legendary Australian prime minister, renowned for his good looks, despised by Julia The scene Valhalla: an incestuous household of steely alliances, lopsided infatuations, and dark impulses The plot Roman Anthem is missing and no one knows why. Witty, satirical and full of intrigue, set against a backdrop of opera, publishing and politics, Peter Rose's first novel is unlike any other Australian fiction.
About the Author: Peter Rose grew up in Wangaratta. He belongs to a well-known sporting family, the Roses of Collingwood Football Club fame. Peter himself pursued a different direction, as a poet and publisher. The author of three books of poetry and the winner of various awards, he is a well-known literary figure. For five years he was a judge of the Miles Franklin Literary Award and is now the editor of the Australian Book Review. His first book, Rose Boys was the joint winner of the National Biography Award for 2003. This is his first novel.