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Lang, Steven

Steven Lang is the author of two novels, An Accidental Terrorist, which won Premiers’ Literary Awards in two states, and 88 Lines about 44 Women, which was shortlisted for both the NSW and Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards for Fiction. He co-directs Outspoken, an extended writers’ festival which takes the form of occasional conversations with major Australian and international writers. Steven lives in Maleny in south-east Queensland. 

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An Accidental Terrorist

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An Accidental Terrorist was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award 2006 When Kelvin returns to his childhood home on the southern coast of New South Wales, he discovers the town is a haven for people like him who are on the run from their pasts. He meets Jessica, a lawyer who has escaped the city, and Carl, an enigmatic American farmer. Both are pursuing new lives and causes inspired by the extraordinary landscape around them. But Kelvin begins to see the darker side of the environmental debate when he becomes drawn into a community of anti-logging activists. As his relationship with Jessica intensifies and implodes, it provokes Kelvin to make a decision with devastating consequences for all of them. No-one is quite who they seem as, deep in these southern forests, the story builds to a dramatic climax. An Accidental Terrorist is an engrossing literary thriller about the choices we make.



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‘We have this idea we can live anywhere, that we make a choice, but it’s not true. There are places that are for you and places that aren’t. You can tell which is which if you’re prepared to listen.’