Part thriller, part love story, August is a compelling novel about will, freedom and what it means to live.
Trapped in a car wreck, upside down, bleeding and in pain, Tristan and Grace are staring at death. When dawn breaks they might be seen from the road and rescued, or not.
They wait, desperately holding onto life, unravelling the sequences of events that brought them together.
Tristan is a philosopher struggling with the question of free will. Grace's life of hardship allows no place for such ideas. But a brief encounter changes their lives, setting them on a collision course with love and death-and each other.
Bernard Beckett is the author of ten books, and has won many awards. In 2006 Bernard was awarded a fellowship for a project examining DNA mutations. This new direction in his life led to the publication of the sophisticated sci-fi novel Genesis, which has since been published in over twenty countries and was the winner of the 2010 Prix Sorcieres. August is Bernard Beckett's second novel for adults.
'This is a fascinating exploration of what it means to have free will and to live fully in the moment.' Herald Sun
'[a] deeply philosophical, allegorical novel set in a dystopian landscape...August is an intense, intelligent novel'. Listener
'Stunning and beguiling...This is superb fiction - thoughtful, clear, well-written and engrossing...Beckett's characterisation, as ever, is sharp...August is compelling, fascinating and very thought-provoking.' Sunday Star Times