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Cleary, Simon

Simon Cleary is the author of two novels, including The Comfort of Figs (2008), which was published after the manuscript was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. His second novel, Closer to Stone (2012), was inspired by his experiences in North Africa at the commencement of the Algerian civil war in the 1990s. It went on to win the Queensland Literary Awards People’s Choice Award. He lives in Brisbane.

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Closer to Stone

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Set in 1993 in northern Africa (Morocco, Western Sahara and Algeria) and in the US years later, it follows the journey of Sebastian (Bas), the sculptor brother, who must go in search of his missing brother, Jack.


The War Artist

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The most important novel about the legacy of war since Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North.