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Traitor

Traitor

Stephen Daisley

  • awardWinner, Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction, 2011
  • What would make a soldier betray his country?

    In the battle-smoke and chaos of Gallipoli, a young New Zealand soldier helps a Turkish doctor fighting to save a boy’s life. Then a shell bursts nearby; the blast that should have killed them both consigns them instead to the same military hospital.

    Mahmoud is a Sufi. A whirling dervish, he says, of the Mevlevi order. He tells David stories. Of arriving in London with a pocketful of dried apricots. Of Majnun, the man mad for love, and of the saint who flew to paradise on a lion skin. You are God, we are all gods, Mahmoud tells David; and a bond grows between them.

    A bond so strong that David will betray his country for his friend.

    Stephen Daisley’s astonishing debut novel is a story of war and of love—how each changes everything, forever. Traitor is that rarest of things: a work of fiction that will transport the reader, heart and soul, into another realm.

    Listen to Stephen discuss Traitor on ABC Radio National’s special Anzac Day Breakfast show.

    Stephen Daisley receives the Prime Minister’s Award

    Stephen receives the Prime Minister’s Award, Age 8/7/11 (AAP: Alan Porritt)

    Stephen Daisley
    About the Author

    Stephen Daisley was born in New Zealand in 1955. He has served in the New Zealand Army and worked at a variety of jobs in New Zealand and Australia including on sheep and cattle stations, cutting bush and scrub, driving trucks, doing road works and bar work, and on oil and gas construction sites. He now lives in Perth.Traitor is Stephen’s first...

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    Extent:
    304pp
    Format:
    Paperback
    Text publication date:
    2 May 2011
    ISBN:
    9781921758379
    AU Price:
    $23.95
    NZ Price:
    $30.00
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    • Traitor
      ebook
      ISBN: 9781921799266
      25 September 2009
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