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Insightful.
Engaging.
Current Affairs.

Pub Date

17 Nov 2021

Cost

$29.99

Format

Paperback

Extent

272pp

ISBN

9781761150173

Rights

World

Category

Fiction and poetry

Themes

Identity

Connection

Emerging writers

Ultimo Prize Anthology 2021

Various

A vibrant and essential collection that celebrates the future of Australian writing

Michael Smith was one of the final two Australian journalists to leave China in 2020 after a late night raid at the hands of China’s secret police. This is Mike’s first-hand account of living and working in China while it experienced extraordinary economic and social upheaval under the authoritarian rule of President Xi Jinping. From the effects of state-led propaganda efforts to the riots in Hong Kong, a rise in wealth and consumerism to the COVID-19 outbreak – THE LAST CORRESPONDENT is a compelling insight into the future of one of the world’s superpowers. 

Awards

  • Winner, Margaret Scott Prize, Tasmanian Premier's Literary Awards, 2019 

  • Shortlisted, Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize, United Kingdom, 2019 

  • Shortlisted, Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, 2019 

  • Longlisted, Indie Book Awards for Debut Fiction, 2019 

  • Shortlisted, MUD Literary Club, Adelaide Writers' Week, 2019 

  • Shortlisted, UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing, NSW Premier's Literary Awards

Praise

'Ambitious storytelling from a stunning new Australian voice. Flames is constantly surprising—I never knew where the story would take me next. This book has a lovely sense of wonder for the world. It’s brimming with heart and compassion.’

Rohan Wilson

'Ambitious storytelling from a stunning new Australian voice. Flames is constantly surprising—I never knew where the story would take me next. This book has a lovely sense of wonder for the world. It’s brimming with heart and compassion.’

Rohan Wilson

'Ambitious storytelling from a stunning new Australian voice. Flames is constantly surprising—I never knew where the story would take me next. This book has a lovely sense of wonder for the world. It’s brimming with heart and compassion.’

Rohan Wilson

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About the author

Michael Smith was one of the final two Australian journalists to leave China in 2020 after a late night raid at the hands of China’s secret police. This is Mike’s first-hand account of living and working in China while it experienced extraordinary economic and social upheaval under the authoritarian rule of President Xi Jinping. From the effects of state-led propaganda efforts to the riots in Hong Kong, a rise in wealth and consumerism to the COVID-19 outbreak – THE LAST CORRESPONDENT is a compelling insight into the future of one of the world’s superpowers.