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Out of Time

Written by Steve Hawke


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Joe and Anne’s relationship has finally found the sweet spot and they are looking forward to what retirement brings. But time is not on their side. Inexplicably, Joe  a gifted architect  finds himself losing things, making miscalculations, blanking parts of his day. As Joe’s condition worsens, he and Anne face the agonising question: what is the point of no return?


'The central characters are real and convincing, their lives recognisable and relatable, the situations they find themselves in have the echo of truth. It confronts an important topic and is sincerely told.' Good Reading

'Out of Time is such a moving and touching story ... a beautiful picture of family, friends and of love and loss. It poses hard, ethical questions about the quality of life of those suffering from dementia. It weaves its way into your heart and alongside Joe and Anne, you find yourself asking "what is the point of no return?"' Better Reading

'At it's heart is a profoundly personal dilemma that Steve tackles with great sensitivity. It is an often warm-hearted, darkly humorous ... and deeply moving love story.' Subiaco Post

'It's a moving and touching story, where you can literally feel the heartbreak through Hawke's wording. A love story and a family story, Out of Time will have you in tears and turning pages.' Armadale Examiner

'It is a very insightful and thought provoking book ... This is not a book about ethics or morals, this is a book about love  unconditionally.' Have-a-Go-News

'A timely novelistic imagining of what life and death might look like if euthanasia laws were to include mental deterioration in addition to terminal illness.' Writing WA

ISBN 9781925815283 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (208 x 140mm) (Paperback)
Categories Book Club Reads
Father's Day 2021
Great Big Book Read Books
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2019
Pages 296
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    Steve Hawke

    Steve Hawke grew up in Melbourne, then lived in the Kimberley for many years, before settling in the Perth hills. His first adult novel, The Valley, was published in 2018. Out of Time is his second novel. He has also written the stage play Jandamarra (2008 and 2011), the libretto for the dramatic cantata Jandamarra: Sing For The Country (2014 and 2019) and the children’s novel Barefoot Kids (2007). His non-fiction writing includes Noonkanbah: Whose Land, Whose Law (1989), the biography Polly Farmer (1994) and A Town Is Born: The Fitzroy Crossing Story (2013). Read more