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This Devastating Fever

By: Sophie Cunningham
Narrated by: Abbe Holmes
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Sometimes you need to delve into the past, to make sense of the present.

Alice had not expected to spend most of the twenty-first century writing about Leonard Woolf. When she stood on Morell Bridge watching fireworks explode from the rooftops of Melbourne at the start of a new millennium, she had only two thoughts. One was: the fireworks are better in Sydney. The other was: is Y2K going to be a thing? Y2K was not a thing. But there were worse disasters to come: Environmental collapse. The return of fascism. Wars. A sexual reckoning. A plague.

Uncertain of what to do she picks up an unfinished project and finds herself trapped with the ghosts of writers past. What began as a novel about a member of the Bloomsbury Set, colonial administrator, publisher and husband of one the most famous English writers of the twentieth century becomes something else altogether.

Complex, heartfelt, darkly funny and deeply moving, this is Sophie Cunningham's most important book to date–a dazzlingly original novel about what it's like to live through a time that feels like the end of days, and how we can find comfort and answers in the past.

‘This Devastating Fever is both timely and timeless, a sophisticated work of fiction that addresses the anxieties of the present moment as well as the most profound questions of history, art, love and loss. A magnificent novel.'–EMILY BITTO, author of The Strays and Wild Abandon

‘This Devastating Fever is thrillingly audacious fiction. Sophie Cunningham's entwined subjects are profound–Leonard Woolf and colonialism, the crises of the present day, the challenges of creative work–and she writes commandingly and inventively about them all. The result is an extraordinary novel.'–MICHELLE DE KRETSER, author of Questions of Travel and Scary Monsters

‘This Devastating Fever is remarkable: a thrillingly original, deeply emotional exploration of the complex echoes of history set in the shadow of the looming catastrophe of the future. Sinuous, strange, utterly compelling, it is like no other book you'll read this year.'–JAMES BRADLEY, author of Ghost Species and The Resurrectionist

©2022 Sophie Cunningham (P)2022 Wavesound from W. F. Howes Ltd

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