Josh whores himself to his brother's PR firm and inadvertently becomes part of ‘the fix'. Shortlisted for The Courier Mail Queensland Book of the Year
Paperback$19.95 RRPISBN: 9781864711516Published: 02/07/2012Imprint: Vintage AustraliaExtent: 304 pages
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In need of some quick cash when he returns to Brisbane after years in London, Josh whores himself to his brother's PR firm and inadvertently becomes part of ‘the fix'.
Josh went to London with investigative journalism on his mind, but he carved out a reputation as a fixer instead and mastered the art of spinning any client out of a crisis. Now he's home in Brisbane, and this time the job is supposed to be good news. The client is a law firm, the talent is Ben Harkin, and the story is the Star of Courage Ben is about to be awarded for his bravery in a siege.
But it was Josh's messy past with Ben that was a big part of his move to London in the first place, and the closer he gets to Ben's story the more the cracks start to show. Throw in a law student who's an exotic dancer by night, and a mini-golf tour of the Gold Coast, and Josh's pursuit of the truth becomes way more complicated than he'd ever expected.
Written with warmth, humour and a touch of the detective, The Fix will leave you guessing until the very last page.
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[caption id="attachment_248" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Nick Earls"][/caption]Nick Earls is the author of thirteen books, including bestselling novels such as Zigzag Street, Bachelor Kisses and Perfect Skin. His work has been published internationally in English and in translation. Zigzag Street won a Betty Trask Award in the UK in 1998, and Perfect Skin was the only novel nominated for...
by Random House Australia on 5 September 2012
Last night the inaugural Queensland Literary Awards were held and we are thrilled to report that Frank Moorhouse won the major fiction prize of the night for COLD LIGHT! Despite there being no prize money attached, Frank deemed the Queensland Literary Awards, 'the most noble prize of the year’. We also had some great books shortlisted, Nick Earls for THE FIX and...
"Nick Earls is always an easy read. That is not to say his writing is unintelligent; on the contrary The Fix is consistently smart and funny. It's easy because Earls has a natural style which invites you into a story. The Fix is not concerned with confusing you. Instead it's concerned with the slippery notion of the truth. To what length can it be manipulated into a more desirable shape before it just becomes a lie? And when is the lie better than the difficulties truth often brings? Along the way Earls captures many of the absurdities of modern life, particularly that of being a man as Josh tries to scrape together an acceptable 'adult life'." - Lisa, The Nile
"Earls has absorbed tropes from contemporaries Garry Disher and Christos Tsiolkas and added rich humour to create a novel that threatens to defy genre classification. It is in the awkward family scenes, however, where his narrative truly excels. Josh's visit to his brother's house for a barbecue is the most genuine portrayal of an Australian family tradition since Tsiolkas rebooted the notion in The Slap. The toneof The Fix is one of quiet confidence, of a writer who is enjoying his work: contemporary, cliche-free Australian fiction that is sure to have a very wide appeal. An important work, then, for Earls, a writer hitting his straps with gusto." - Chris Flynn, The Australian