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Dinuka McKenzie in Conversation: The Torrent

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Hear Dinuka McKenzie talk about her Banjo Prize-winning novel The Torrent, described by no less than Val McDermid as ‘such a good read’. Dinuka will be in conversation with podcaster and interviewer Dani Vee online over Zoom.

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In this atmospheric and already prize-winning debut novel, Detective Sergeant Kate Miles is a week away from maternity leave in a small New South Wales town. She is exhausted and dealing with a violent hold-up in a fast-food restaurant. Then she is asked to review the closed case of a man drowning in recent floods. Are the two cases unrelated or is there a link? What are the secrets that connect them and how can she find the truth while juggling imminent childbirth and the needs of her family who have their own secrets?


Dinuka McKenzie is an Australian writer and book addict. Her debut crime fiction novel, The Torrent, won the HarperCollins Australia 2020 Banjo Prize and will be published on 2 February 2022. Her unpublished manuscript Taken was longlisted for the 2020 Richell Prize. When not writing, Dinuka works in the environmental sector and volunteers as part of the team behind the Writers Unleashed Festival.


Dani Vee is the host of the popular literary podcast Words and Nerds, where she chats to authors of all genres about the social and political impact of the writing and the writing process, and how literature has the power to change the world. An English educator, a bookworm since birth and lover of the classics, crime fiction, contemporary fiction, kid lit and everything in between. Her debut picture book with Larrikin House will be released in 2022.

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