August Falling

Pantera Press
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Can the stories he tells himself pull him back from the edge?

After a bad relationship, August is trying to piece his life back together. It’s not perfect – his flat is small, he works in a call centre, he can’t finish the book he’s working on, and he’s hopelessly awkward when it comes to relationships. Then August meets Julie.


Julie is everything he isn’t – confident, composed, and purposeful, despite her troubled childhood. With her, August finally begins to feel he can be himself. More importantly, he starts to see a future. But Julie has a past – a past that August comes face to face with on a computer screen. Can August find it in himself to love Julie unconditionally, the way he’s always longed to be loved himself?


Les Zig’s writing is sharp, honest and incisive, so real in parts it will make you flinch. Zig has the unique ability to pull real, human truths from the ordinary and everyday.


Praise for Les Zig and Just Another Week in Suburbia:


‘Literary integrity personified.’ – A.S. Patrić, Atlantic Black


Just Another Week in Suburbia is a hugely enjoyable novel which illuminates the extraordinary in the everyday, and the quirky in the quotidian.’ – Ryan O’Neill, Their Brilliant Careers


‘His writing amply displays the rare combination of natural talent and extraordinary hard work characteristic of those who succeed in the industry.’ – Andrew Morgan, Good on Paper

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About the author

Les Zig’s debut novel Just Another Week in Suburbia was published in 2017 and has recently been optioned by Truce films who are exploring the potential of a TV series.


Zig is the author of a young adult novel Pride his short stories and articles have been published in a number of publications including Tincture, Thirteen Stories, Crack the Spine, Furia, and more. He also blogs about writing and editing for Busybird Publishing, where he works currently as the Publications Manager and Chief Editor. He lives in Melbourne.

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Publisher
Pantera Press
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Published on
Jul 28, 2018
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Pages
296
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ISBN
9781925700077
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Language
English
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Fiction / General
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Book Review:

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