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The Amateur Science of Love

The Amateur Science of Love

Craig Sherborne

  • awardWinner, Melbourne Prize for Literature, Best Writing Award, 2012
  • awardShortlisted, Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, 2011
  • awardShortlisted, NSW Premier's Literary Awards, UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing, 2012
  • They say we fall in love. But really we fall in sickness. I lost appetite for food in those two nights with Tilda. My stomach was sunken in its wishbone cavity. Me, I was never sick, but I was sick now, the strangest sickness that made my eyes gleam green with excellent health. They had shiny white edges. My cheeks were glossed in a fresh oil of pink.

    Colin dreams of escaping his parents’ New Zealand farm for a grand stage career. He makes it to London and a disastrous audition before meeting Tilda—beautiful Tilda, older, an artist—who brings his future with her. A heady romance leads to a new home in a decaying former bank in a small town hours from Melbourne. They are building a life together—but there are cracks in the foundation.

    This is a love story, told from passionate beginning to spectacular end. It is intimate and honest, blackly funny and emotionally devastating.

    Listen to The Amateur Science of Love being read aloud on the ABC Radio National’s Book Reading program.

    Hear Craig talk about his book on RN’s The Book Show.

    Read the Age interview.

    Craig Sherborne
    About the Author

    Craig Sherborne’s memoir Hoi Polloi was shortlisted for the Queensland and Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. The follow-up, Muck, won the Queensland Literary Award for Non-fiction. Sherborne has also written two volumes of poetry, and his journalism and poetry have appeared in most of Australia’s leading literary journals and anthologies.


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    Praise for Craig Sherborne
    andThe Amateur Science of Love

    ‘All women with lingering illusions about the way men think should read this fast-moving, sharply focused, fantasy-shattering little thunderclap of a book.’

    ‘I can’t fault this book — the characters are solid and believable, the storyline unpredictable and the rural Australian imagery vivid. The science of love and lust in its many forms is played out convincingly through Colin and Tilda and is not told in an overly soppy or trite way — it’s tangible and that’s what works so well.’

    ‘Sherborne excels at taking subject matter that has been written about a million times before and making the reader feel as though they are experiencing it for the first time…This is a frank, fun and fearless romantic tale that readers are also bound to fall in love with.’ ****

    ‘Intelligent and unusual…a perceptive study of self-absorption, of cruelty that chooses not to face itself, the discerning psychological portrait of a numbed heart and conscience.’

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