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Black Light

Written by K.A. Bedford


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Ruth Black is an English novelist left widowed by the mysterious death of her husband during the Great War. She immigrates to Australia and settles in the sleepy coastal town of Pelican River to repair her broken heart and work on her next novel.

But her quiet life is thrown into disarray when Aunt Julia arrives with an urgent, dreadful message. Ruth’s life is in danger and the threat is from a source not entirely of this world. With the assistance of her butler Rutherford, and her good friend the inventor Gordon Duncombe, Ruth finds herself caught up in a hair-raising race to defy her impending doom.

'there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you turning pages.' Adelaide Advertiser

'a cleverly plotted period piece with sharply realistic characters and some very funny dialogue.' Burnie Advocate

'the humanity and sincerity that Bedford has imbued in his characters are the true strength of this novel.' The West Australian

Western Australian Science Fiction Association Tin Duck Award (Shortlisted 2016)

ISBN 9781925161410 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (205 x 138mm) (Paperback)
Categories Crime & Mystery
Book Club Reads
Pages 332
Publication Year 2015
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
Rights World
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    K.A. Bedford

    K.A. Bedford is the author of Orbital Burn, Eclipse, Hydrogen Steel, Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait and Paradox Resolution. He has twice won the Aurealis Award for Best Australian Science Fiction Novel, been shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award, and in 2013 his novel Paradox Resolution was joint winner of the Tin Duck Award for Best Western Australian Professional Long Written Work. K.A. Bedford has been writing since he was a little kid, but started writing seriously when he was 14. His first novel, which was his first professional sale, was published in 2003, when he was 40. The lesson here, he says, is ‘stick with it’. K.A. Bedford attended Curtin and Murdoch universities, where he studied writing, theatre and philosophy. Read more