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UQP acquires debut crime writer Nikki Mottram’s work in a two-book deal
Posted 08.12.2021

UQP acquires debut crime writer Nikki Mottram’s work in a two-book deal

UQP is delighted to announce that we have acquired a crime novel, Crows Nest, and its sequel, Killarney, from debut author Nikki Mottram, via Benjamin Paz at Curtis Brown.

Crows Nest follows child protection worker Dana Gibson, who has relocated from Sydney to Toowoomba for work. Her first house call is to the small town of Crows Nest to assess the Kirby family after a report of family violence. Soon after, Sandra Kirby and her best friend are found dead in what is declared a murder–suicide by local police. But Dana is unconvinced, and her own investigations uncover a simmering pot of small-town secrets that cast doubt on the official verdict.

Nikki Mottram says: ‘Child protection workers deal with some of the most difficult and challenging issues in society and are often at the coal face when terrible tragedies, such as a murder, occur. It is my hope that this book will shine a light on the challenging and complex nature of child protection and that writing from the perspective of a frontline worker will offer a unique lens for a crime novel. I am thrilled that my story has found a home at UQP and to be joining a stable of authors whose work I’ve long admired. I’m especially excited to be working with Aviva Tuffield and her experienced and dynamic team.”

Publisher Aviva Tuffield says:

From the moment I started reading Crows Nest I was impressed by Nikki’s assured voice, intricate plotting, and her believably flawed and troubled characters. Her pacy, polished writing is infused with a sense of menace, combined with a vivid evocation of small-town rural life that many will relate to. I can’t wait to introduce readers to Nikki Mottram.’

Crows Nest will be published in 2022.

About Nikki Mottram

Nikki Mottram brings to her crime fiction a background of working in child protection. She has a psychology degree from the University of Queensland and has worked in London and Australia in positions protecting and promoting the welfare of children at risk of harm. She has been published in the Boroondara Literary Awards Anthology and short-listed for the Fish International Short Story Prize and the Hal Porter Short Story Prize. In 2018, she was the recipient of a Katherine Susannah Pritchard fellowship. She grew up and resides in Toowoomba, and brings her understanding of insular rural communities, their customs and their secrets, to her work.

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