Podcast: Nicola West on Setting a Crime Novel in Her Hometown

Podcast: Nicola West on Setting a Crime Novel in Her Hometown

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Nicola West talks to Cheryl about her small-town upbringing and how her father’s law enforcement background influenced her debut novel, Catch Us the Foxes.

About the author:

Nicola West is the daughter of a third-generation police officer and grew up in a bucolic coastal town in New South Wales. After moving to Sydney to pursue a career in journalism, she vowed to be as far removed from both her hometown and her father’s profession as possible—that is until she found herself writing a novel about both topics. In addition to being one of eight young writers chosen to take part in Express Media’s 2018 Toolkits: Fiction program, Nicola was also selected for the Australian Society of Authors’ 2019 Award Mentorship Program. She was a mentee of bestselling author Monica McInerney. Catch Us the Foxes is Nicola’s first novel. She lives in Sydney.

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          Publisher details

          Catch Us the Foxes
          Author
          Nicola West
          Publisher
          Simon and Schuster
          Genre
          Fiction
          Released
          07 July, 2021
          ISBN
          9781760857479

          Synopsis

          Some secrets you try to hide. Others you don’t dare let out. Twin Peaks meets The Dry in a deliciously dark and twisted tale that unravels a small Australian country town. Ambitious young journalist Marlowe ‘Lo’ Robertson would do anything to escape the suffocating confines of her small hometown. While begrudgingly covering the annual show for the local newspaper, Lo is horrified to discover the mutilated corpse of her best friend – the town's reigning showgirl, Lily Williams. Seven strange symbols have been ruthlessly carved into Lily’s back. But when Lo reports her grisly find to the town’s police chief, he makes her promise not to tell anyone about the symbols. Lo obliges, though it’s not like she has much of a choice – after all, he is also her father. When Lily’s murder makes headlines around the country and the town is invaded by the media, Lo seizes the opportunity to track down the killer and make a name for herself by breaking the biggest story of her life. What Lo uncovers is that her sleepy home town has been harbouring a deadly secret, one so shocking that it will captivate the entire nation. Lo’s story will change the course of her life forever, but in a way she could never have dreamed of.
          Nicola West
          About the author

          Nicola West

          Nicola West is the daughter of a third-generation police officer and grew up in a bucolic coastal town in New South Wales. After moving to Sydney to pursue a career in journalism, she vowed to be as far removed from both her hometown and her father’s profession as possible—that is until she found herself writing a novel about both topics. In addition to being one of eight young writers chosen to take part in Express Media’s 2018 Toolkits: Fiction program, Nicola was also selected for the Australian Society of Authors’ 2019 Award Mentorship Program. She was a mentee of bestselling author Monica McInerney. Catch Us the Foxes is Nicola's first novel.
           

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