To salute the writing process of author Sean Wilson – who estimates he consumed around 1,460 cups of coffee and 424 pieces of cake while writing his outstanding debut Gemini Falls ­­– we’re offering a bookseller and their store a year’s supply of morning tea!

‘The perfect hand-sell this Christmas when customers ask for “outstanding new Australian fiction”, Gemini Falls is a compelling and moving novel from a major new Australian talent about a crime in Depression-era rural Victoria,’ said Sales Director, Keiran Rogers.

With a swag of unusual characters and an unravelling mystery to rival Jasper Jones and To Kill a Mockingbird, Gemini Falls will cement Sean Wilson’s place as a rare new writing talent.

Booksellers are invited to submit 50-word reviews of Gemini Falls to go in the running to win a $4,000 prize for your store and be an absolute legend amongst your colleagues! The winning reviewer’s bookstore will score a Breville The Barista Express coffee machine, a year’s supply of Padre coffee beans and sweet treats for the tea room delivered every month for a year!

Needless to say the more your store enters, the better your chances, so contact info@affirmpress.com.au for a reading copy (if you haven’t already got one) and send your 50-word review to the same address by 30 October 2022 with your name and the store you work at. Good luck!

The Story

Melbourne, 1930, as the Great Depression is taking hold: thirteen-year-old Morris Turner, a little anxious by nature, feels more at home gazing at the stars than spending time with his detached father Jude, a detective, and older sister, Lottie. When a young woman is murdered in Jude’s home town of Gemini, he is assigned to solve the case. With fear and polio rising in the city, Jude reluctantly takes Morris and Lottie to the small town he left long ago.

At the family farm in Gemini, Morris meets relations who are strangers – an aunt, an uncle, and a cousin obsessed with detective novels – and is drawn into a community reeling from a murder and a financial crash. Without a clear suspect for the killing, suspicions have turned to the downtrodden, huddled in camps outside the town. But Morris is sure there is more to this case. With the help of new friends, he turns his attention instead to the people around him, confronting his fears and searching for a killer in a town full of mysteries – a search that will bring secrets old and new to the surface, and leave someone else fighting for their life.