When an Australian debut novel gets snapped up for a reported six-figure sum by a prestigious UK publisher and is simultaneously translated and released in half a dozen other countries, it’s hard to approach it without some preconceived ideas. You expect it to be really, really good.
A Fraction of the Whole is a large novel - in both size (700 pages) and ambition. It’s not a literary novel in the traditional sense, but its construction suggests a writer of enormous creativity and intelligence. It is certainly a magnificent achievement for a first-time author.