Isolated, Trapped, Hunted: Read an Extract of Beware of Dogs by Elizabeth Flann

Isolated, Trapped, Hunted: Read an Extract of Beware of Dogs by Elizabeth Flann

FIELD DIARY – Friday 13 April

Not much daylight left now. So why waste it on writing a diary no-one is going to read? But as my heart stops pounding and my pulse begins to slow I find myself falling into old habits: organise shelter for the night; write up field diary. Perhaps in some future time surveyors with theodolites will come to turn this island into desirable real estate. ‘Sought- after location, split-level design, ocean views’. They will stumble across my mouldering remains and read my diary to find out what happened. What will it tell them? How can I find the words? I can’t even begin to make sense of how I got to this place, so perhaps I should start by describing my surroundings.

My refuge is not a true cavern. It could best be described as a shallow rock shelter gouged progressively by pounding waves in primeval days when the sea level was much higher. It has a narrow slanted entrance, clean dry air quality, and a half- circle of small ceiling holes letting in a surprising amount of daylight. Although not large, it has a number of advantages. I noticed some of these when I first explored it, but in my new and different circumstances I was afraid that it might turn out to be dank and fetid or, worse, too small for occupation. It’s fortunate that I’m not claustrophobic because, particularly with the tree masking the entrance, it’s a pretty close fit. Still, there’s not much chance I’ll be putting on any weight.

Taking stock, I have between me and starvation a 100 gram bag of sultanas, a 100 gram bag of peanuts, six stems of fruiting karkalla (about nine fruits), and two honey menthol lozenges (found in the pocket of my anorak).

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        Winner of the 2019 Banjo Prize for Fiction She's isolated. Trapped. Hunted. An almost unbearably tense Australian survival thriller. Not much daylight left now. So begins the field diary of Alix Verhoeven, whose impulsive acceptance of an offer to spend Easter on a remote island has turned into a terrifying ordeal. Hiding in a tiny cave, she carefully rations out her meagre supplies, while desperately trying to figure out how to escape the men hunting her. She is determined not to be a victim. What do they want with her? She knows it's nothing good - she overheard enough on that first night to flee. But now she's got little food or water, no way of calling for help, and only her skills as an exploration geologist and memories of Atkinson's Bushcraft Guide to survive. By day she is disciplined and lives by strict plans, but at night she finds herself haunted by questions about her life that she has never wanted to face. And her time is running out.
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        Elizabeth Flann

        Elizabeth worked for over twenty years in the publishing industry before moving into tertiary education to teach editing, scriptwriting and literature to postgraduate students. She is the co-author of The Australian Editing Handbook, and completed a PhD in 2001 entitled Celluloid Dreaming: Cultural Myths and Landscape in Australian Film 1970-1990. Now retired from teaching, she is able to give full rein to her true love: writing fiction. This is her first novel.

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