After two months of close work, the revised, edited manuscript of Austral
has been dispatched to my editor. Only copy-editing and proofreading to go before it's turned into a book; publication is presently scheduled for October 2017. Here's the jacket copy:
The great geoengineering projects have failed.
The world is still
warming, sea levels are still rising, and the Antarctic Peninsula is
home to Earth's newest nation, with life quickened by ecopoets spreading
across valleys and fjords exposed by the retreat of the ice.
Morales Ferrado, a child of the last generation of ecopoets, is a
husky: an edited person adapted to the unforgiving climate of the far
south, feared and despised by most of its population. She's been a
convict, a corrections officer in a work camp, and consort to a
criminal. And now, out of desperation, she has committed the kidnapping
of the century. But before she can collect the ransom and make a new
life elsewhere, she must find a place of safety in the peninsula's
forests and icy plateaus, and evade a criminal gang that has its own
plans for the teenage girl she's taken hostage.
Blending the story of Austral's flight with the fractured history of her family and its role in the colonisation of Antarctica, Austral
is a vivid portrayal of a treacherous new world created by climate
change and shaped by the betrayals and mistakes of the past.