Australian Gothic is a style that’s tough to get right and Christie Nieman’s Where We Begin is perhaps the best YA rendition out there, writes Mary Ali in Happy Mag

“Gothic literature is that perpetual form which finds itself extending across centuries. Emerging in the late 18th century, it has divided itself into multiple sub-genres such as Romantic Gothic (think the Brontë sisters and Dracula), Modern Gothic (for example, horror films like The Babadook). Though Australian Gothic is an increasingly rare sub-genre, it’s the particular corner of this centuries-old literary tradition where we find Christie Nieman’s Where We Begin (Pan Macmillan) …”

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Christie Nieman is an award-nominated author, essayist and playwright. Her debut novel As Stars Fall (Pan Macmillan 2014), about the ecosystem of grief, was a Notable Book of the 2015 CBCA awards. Her short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in journals and magazines including Meanjin, Canary, Overland and The Guardian. She has been a contributing editor on a couple of prominent anthologies: Just Between Us, 2013; and Mothers and Others, 2015, which featured her short fiction and nonfiction. Her critically acclaimed play, Call Me Komachi, received a Green-Room Award nomination, multiple productions, and publication by the Australian Script Centre. She has a PhD in Writing and Ecocriticism and lives and works in country Victoria. Her next novel is due out with Pan MacMillan in 2019.

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