We are very excited about our next novel to hit the shelves. Summer’s Gone, a first novel by Melbourne based writer, Charles Hall.
Summer’s Gone will be launched at the Perth Writers Festival in February, so will be a fantastic read for summer. The book is set in Perth and Melbourne during the 1960’s, a time that the book’s editor, Deb Fitzpatrick, felt a strong connection to.
‘It’s about that time of our lives that we really connect with… the time of our 20’s which were full of freedom and anxiety at the same time…. and (Charles) manages that really well, with the intensity of the character’s feelings, and of course there is the backdrop of the Vietnam War as well.’
Author, Charles Hall, was obviously keen to explore the setting of 1960's Perth in his writing, as he grew up in Perth and was himself quite prominent on the music scene around that time. Charles’ band, Gemini, in which his wife Sue Richmond was the lead singer, had a top-5 hit record in Perth in the late 60's. It's no surprise then that music seems to play an important role in the novel, setting a certain pace, and adding to the free-spirited nature of the key characters.
We spoke to Charles in Melbourne about his own experience growing up in 1960’s Western Australia, and why he felt strongly about writing about life in Perth during that time.