The Art of Persuasion
I'm excited that Fremantle Press is publishing my first novel, to be released on 1st April 2018, and available in bookshops in late March. My editor, Georgia Richter, was such a pleasure to work with, as were the wonderful marketing women Claire Miller and Heather Blakey. And isn't the cover beautiful? I'm also thrilled to have endorsements on the cover, by two of Australia's most acclaimed fiction writers: Michelle de Kretser, winner of the Miles Franklin Award, and Ryan O'Neill, winner of the Prime Minister's Award for fiction.
ABOUT THE ART OF PERSUASION
Twenty-five-year-old Hazel is reading the classics, starting with 'A'. It's one way to pass the time when you've quit your job and lost your way. But then she has a chance encounter with an irresistible older man. When Hazel is partnered with him on a political campaign, her attraction is deepened by the strength of his convictions. Adam seems to be attracted to her too – but why is he resisting? And what does Jane Austen have to teach a young woman about life, love and literature in the twenty-first century?
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
'Completely compelling. Here is a rarity; a witty and tender comedy of manners that also has political bite.' Michelle de Kretser
'Warm, witty and wonderful – a perfect modern romance.' Ryan O'Neill
'This novel was a joy from the first to the last page.' Maureen Eppen, Shelf Aware
'In this smart, funny novel, Susan Midalia engages the reader with warmth and wit while never losing sight of the uncomfortable truths that haunt us as Western Australians.' WritingWA
'This delightful first novel from the former WA academic is sprinkled with the kind of wit and character observations that endeared Austen to generations of readers. Like a cup of chamomile laced with a splash of gin, it will comfort the soul and lift the spirits for the day ahead.' The Weekend West
'Midalia, the author of three short-story collections, expands the canvas in this debut novel.' Weekend Australian
'There is much to discover and love in The Art of Persuasion, whether it be the clever and satisfying plot, the sassy, witty and strong heroine...or even just the love of language, words and literature that come through on the page.' (five stars) Emily Paull, Book Spotlight
The Art of Persuasion by Susan Midalia: Warm, biting, funny, compelling. I loved it. Side note: check out those heavy duty cover quotes! De Kretser & O'Neill if you don't mind. Robert Lukins, author of the novel The Everlasting Sunday