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Written by Madelaine Dickie


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Black magic, big waves and mad Aussie expats.

In Indonesia, Penny is drifting, partying, hanging out – a thousand miles away from claustrophobic Perth and her career-minded boyfriend. But things take a dangerous turn when she goes to work at Shane’s Sumatran Oasis.

Caught up in the hostility directed at Shane, and flirting and surfing with the hell-man Matt, Penny soon finds herself swept into a world where two very different cultures must collide.

'Where Troppo is particularly sharp ... is in its abstract yet precise evocations of the sensory overload of Indonesia and in its dense, poetic riffs on the almost narcotic pull of chasing waves.' Weekend Australian

'... as young Perth surfer Penny is drawn further into the unpredictable Australian’s dark heart, the racial and political tensions are ratcheted up to the nth degree, resulting in an explosive climax that will leave you breathless.' The West Australian

'A beautifully observed novel with a strong sense of place about a young Australian abroad witnessing a culture and caught up in events she only half understands.' 2014 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Judges' Report


City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award (Winner 2014)
Dobbie Literary Award (Shortlisted 2018)
Barbara Jefferis Award (Shortlisted 2018)

ISBN 9781925163803 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (205 x 138mm) (Paperback)
Categories ebooks
Book Club Reads
T.A.G. Hungerford Winners
Award Winning
Mother's Day 2021
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2016
Pages 264
Rights World
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    Madelaine Dickie

    Madelaine Dickie has been writing since she was seven. Her first novel, Troppo, was published by Fremantle Press in 2016. It won the City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award and was shortlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award and Barbara Jefferis Award. Red Can Origami is her second novel. It was written on Balangarra country, in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, and at Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo, Japan. Madelaine loves to travel. A surf-obsession has led Madelaine from Spain's Mundaka to Namibia's Skeleton Coast, to little-known waves in the Dominican Republic. She is studying Spanish and speaks Indonesian. Madelaine currently lives in Exmouth, WA. Read more