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UQP acquires contemporary novel set in Western Sydney from award-winning writer George Haddad
Posted 02.06.2021

UQP acquires contemporary novel set in Western Sydney from award-winning writer George Haddad

UQP is delighted to announce that we have acquired world rights to the debut novel from award-winning author George Haddad.

Losing Face interweaves the stories of Joey, who has recently finished school and is drifting somewhat aimlessly, and his grandmother Elaine, a proud Lebanese immigrant. When Joey is implicated in the sexual assault of a young woman, everything starts to unravel and long-held family secrets are uncovered. This compelling and thought-provoking novel deals with issues of migrant identity, sexuality and consent. UQP will publish Losing Face in 2022.

George Haddad says: ‘It’s so rewarding to join UQP’s family of renowned and incisive voices. My hope for Losing Face is that it starts a conversation, many conversations, and that it touches the reader in its moments of darkness and light. The characters in the novel are people we might sit beside on a train or at a café – strangers we are tangled with but know nothing about. It is a story born from my fascination with people living among people.’

Publisher Aviva Tuffield says: ‘Losing Face is the best kind of contemporary novel, one that reflects Australian life back to the reader in all its complexity. George is such an accomplished writer that you are immediately engrossed in his characters’ lives and problems. He is also a master of dialogue, and the interactions with Joey and his older female relatives are pitch perfect in terms of their barely concealed frustrations.’

George Haddad is an award-winning writer and artist practising on Gadigal land whose work explores masculinities and the limitations of language in communicating truths. His novella Populate and Perish was the recipient of the 2016 Viva La Novella prize and his short story Kátharsis was awarded the 2018 Neilma Sidney prize. Haddad is currently a doctoral candidate and sessional tutor at the Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University.

For more information please contact Louise Cornegé, Marketing & Publicity Manager, on louise.cornege@uqp.com.au or 07 3346 7932.