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DREAMLAND by Tom Gilling is a gripping and horribly convincing novel about how one little lie can turn a whole life upside down.
It was just a little lie.
Nick Carmody, ex-crime reporter, is an ordinary man. The most glamorous thing about him is his childhood friendship with the rich, troubled, Danny Grogan. However, there is much more trouble to come. When Danny's wealthy father offers Nick money to cover for Danny's latest minor crime, there seems no reason to refuse. But the lie soon spirals, and when Nick finds himself caught in a nightmare of perjury, threatening policemen and increasing danger, he decides that he had better disappear.
This is a new departure for Tom Gilling: a genuinely compelling, intriguing novel of a very likeable man in very serious trouble. But how do you disappear? Nick finds himself lying harder, and stealing, and worse. He has to stay missing, or pretend to be someone else. And changing his identity, even temporarily, changes everything...
Tom Gilling studied English and German literature at the University of York. After emigrating to Australia in his early twenties, he became a journalist, and now lives in Sydney.
'Gilling's touch in Dreamland is light as a feather, deft as a pickpocket's ... sure-footed moral entertainment'
'Stylish, thought-provoking ... an entertaining thriller'
Sydney Morning Herald
'Taut [and] suspenseful ... imbued with contemporary concerns and anxieties'
Australian Literary Review