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Charalambous, John

John Charalambous was born and educated in Melbourne. He grew up in a culturally mixed family - Greek Cypriot on his father’s side, Anglo-Australian on his mother’s. Following an interest in painting, he obtained a teaching degree in fine arts from Melbourne State College. While teaching art in secondary schools he began to write fiction, at the same time studying literature and creative writing at Melbourne University. After spending time in Cyprus and Greece, he took up a teaching appointment in the central Victorian town of Wedderburn, where he remained for thirteen years, no longer as a teacher but running a small business. This experience of rural life became the basis for his first novel Furies, UQP, 2004, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best First Book (South East Asia and South Pacific region).
His second novel Silent Parts, UQP, 2006, explores a family’s private myths about a WW1 soldier who didn’t come home. Silent Parts was long-listed for the Miles Franklin Award in 2007. John now lives in Bendigo, Victoria, where he is completing an English Honours year at La Trobe University. His third novel Two Greeks will be published in August 2011.

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An Accidental Soldier

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In times of war, love can be found in the most unlikely of places.



Picture of Furies
Nicky's a survivor. She's lived through a difficult Greek childhood then years spent teaching in a small-minded country town after the failure of the utopian community where everyone, including her artist husband, walked away. Her greatest challenge now is Imogen, whom Nicky has raised as a daughter since her parents abandoned her as a baby. Now Imogen is fifteen and cutting loose, and Nicky wants to give her better opportunities for the future. Furies is an incisive exploration of contemporary family relationships.


Silent Parts

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Re-released as An Accidental Soldier to tie in with the film.