Sunday, January 29th, 2012
‘Rope’ by Martin Livings follows a man who played a key role in the gallows at Fremantle Prison. Drenched in history, with an unfolding drama, completely dark and yet a little heart-warming, this is a side of Martin Livings you don’t want to miss – storytelling at its finest.
I can’t wait to see this one in print (or e-print!); it’s a story I worked incredibly hard on, and the research gave me nightmares for weeks afterwards. Although it’s fiction, the historical facts behind it are entirely true, and my Mum actually went to school with the last man in WA to be hanged, so there’s a personal connection there as well. I’ll be intrigued to see how readers react to this one, it’s a little different to my usual fare!
Is it crass and commercial to say “buy this when it comes out”? Ah, who cares? Buy this when it comes out!