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Chloe Hooper grew up in Melbourne. In 1995 she completed an Arts degree at Melbourne University with first class Honours in English and Fine Arts. She has held a solo exhibition of her paintings and has written and performed for theatre.
Hooper's essay 'The Tall Man: Palm Island's Heart of Darkness' (Monthly, March 2006) won the 2006 Walkley Award in the Magazine Feature Writing category.
yThe EngagementMelbourne:Hamish Hamilton,2012Z18810422012single work novel thriller
'Liese Campbell has an engagement for the weekend: to stay with Alexander Colquhoun, the well-mannered heir of a pastoral dynasty, at his property in western Victoria. Liese, an English architect in flight from the financial crisis, now works at her uncle's real-estate business in Melbourne. Alexander has been looking for a place in the city. The luxury apartments Liese shows him have become sets for a relationship that satisfies their fantasies - and helps pay her debts. It's a game. Both players understand the rules. Or so she thinks.
'Across the ancient landscape they drive at dusk to his grand decaying mansion. Here Liese senses a change in Alexander, and realises a different game has begun.
'This gripping, provocative new novel by one of Australia's finest writers is a psychological thriller for the modern age, one which explores the snares of money and love, and the dark side of erotic imagination. A trap has been set, but how and why? And for whom?' (From the publisher's website.)
yThe Tall Man : Death and Life on Palm IslandCamberwell:Hamish Hamilton,2008Z14832592008single work prose (taught in 11 units)In November 2004, in the small township of Palm Island in the far north of Queensland, Detective Hurley arrested Cameron Doomadgee for swearing at him. Doomadgee was drunk. A few hours later he died in a watch-house cell. According to the inquest, his liver was so badly damaged it was almost severed. (Source: Trove)