When I closed The Broken Shore , I felt a tingle throughout my body and I knew that I had read possibly one of the best crime books this year Peter Temple, former journalist, is an acclaimed Australian crime and thriller writer who has won the Ned Kelly Award for crime writing in his native Australia five times.
Ayo Onatade managed to grab some time with him. Congratulations on winning the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award!
How important is it to receive the recognition from your peers regarding your writing? But, this is terrific, I am absolutely thrilled! You were on a rather impressive list. It was a good list I thought. I am familiar with three of them on it. You have received immense praise from fellow international crime writers about The Broken Shore.
Especially from John Harvey and Mark Billingham! Did it come as a shock to you when your name was read out? It was, I had spoken to one of the nominees, and to me, he seemed remarkably calm.
And I sensed in the people around me, the Quercus people, that they were pretty doubtful about the outcome as well. There was a sense of great relief from everybody. I would for twenty-five minutes but after that I would think that at least I got on the short list.
I mean, not even John Cleary, who in his day was a very big name, never made a short list. I think, one of the things, Britain and United States have in common is that they have always been pretty much stuck in their own world. America is almost completely self-contained reading just about nothing from anywhere else. Britain less so but with very powerful names from Margery Allingham to Agatha Christie, through to Ruth Rendell: a very powerful group of writers.
But you have always published American writers from Chandler to Hammett and people like that. But it has been pretty much a self-contained world.
Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. The death of a nameless prostitute in a glitzy Truth: A Novel (Broken Shore Book 2) - Kindle edition by Peter Temple. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Start by marking “Truth (Broken Shore #2)” as Want to Read: So begins Truth, the sequel to Peter Temple’s bestselling masterpiece, The Broken Shore, winner of the Duncan Lawrie Dagger for Best Crime Novel. Peter Temple is an Australian crime fiction writer.
Now the continent is emerging and people are saying read books in translation. There had been Sjowall and Wahloo, before that, but not with that kind of international sales. They read literary fiction but they enjoy crime. It is coming out of the closet. People are actually able now to admit that I am mad about crime novels. If I am looking for a book to read it has got to be a crime novel. It is suddenly respectable, because a lot of it is very good. What prompted you to write The Broken Shore? It is very dark, atmospheric, and gritty and while it moves slowly, it certainly portrays the feeling for the Australian way of life outside the city and the Joe Cashin the homicide detective who is slowly trying to rebuild his life.
I wanted to write something set outside the city.
I always start off thinking that I want to write a fairly big novel and as you write it it gets smaller and smaller, and you think oh God I have got to finish this thing so I give it up. But this time I took a little longer and wrote it and I stuck to the fact that I wanted to write a bigger novel. I wanted to portray the world the way it is in small communities.
And if there is racism in it, whatever prejudices that simply is the way it is. When it came out, I was fairly apprehensive; you can get hit over the head very seriously in Australia for touching on some sensitive issues. And you always think that it is very difficult for people. I have just said this person. And also, they have got to remember that it is fiction! Thank you. I said to a guy from an Australian newspaper who came to interview me here and really wanted me to give him a social commentary on Australia.
I said its fiction mate, its fiction. I make this stuff up. That then leads me to another question, which is, some people feel that crime fiction is the only way in which they can raise social issues that they feel very strongly about.
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Do you feel that that is true? I think that is absolutely valid! I support that image.
Really, inside the genre you have an opening for doing this. And indeed, in a way you have duty to do that kind of stuff. Where did the character Joe Cashin come from? My wife said to me once do you have anything except wounded men here? Ah, difficult. It eventually came to me that the kind of character I was creating was the sort of person, as you put earlier on quite rightly, who has suffered a great deal of trauma himself, has been taken away from the things that he can do and is very conscious of the fact that he has never done anything else but be a cop. He has lost that inner sense, that expertise, also he has been responsible for the death of somebody else.
He is badly injured himself, he will never recover fully from those things and then he is fronted with what he clearly believes is an injustice. It is not just a homicide and he is looking for the person who did it. I know what this shit is about mate but would also feel I have a duty to do this? Have we seen the last of Joe Cashin?
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