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Tuesday 26 June marks the launch of Australia’s next phenomenal writing talent, Christian White.
If you haven’t yet read The Nowhere Child email Affirm Press now for an advance reading copy.

With rights sold to 15 countries, The Nowhere Child is set to follow in the footsteps of fellow winners of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, international chart-busters The Dry and The Rosie Project.

And to booksellers, from Christian and all of us at Affirm Press, thanks for your support!

About the book About the book

‘Her name is Sammy Went. This photo was taken on her second birthday. Three days later she was gone.’

On a break between teaching photography classes in Melbourne, Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger investigating the disappearance of a little girl from her Kentucky home 28 years earlier. He believes Kim is that girl.

At first she brushes it off, but when Kim scratches the surface of her family history in Australia, questions arise that aren’t easily answered. To find the truth, she must travel to Sammy’s home of Manson, Kentucky, and into a dark past. As the mystery of Sammy’s disappearance unravels and the town’s secrets are revealed, this superb novel builds towards a tense and electrifying climax.

Inspired by Gillian Flynn’s frenetic suspense and Stephen King’s masterful world-building, The Nowhere Child is a combustible tale of trauma, cult, conspiracy and memory. It is the remarkable debut of Christian White, an exhilarating new Australian talent.


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Praise for The Nowhere Child

The Nowhere Child is a page-turning labyrinth of twists and turns that moves seamlessly between the past and the present … It’s an exhilarating ride and a thrilling debut.’Books+Publishing magazine 

‘How do any of us know that we are who we are told we are? This gripping read takes you to the very edge of reality.’—Jane Caro

‘White skillfully builds an uncertain, noxious world of dysfunctional families and small-town secrets—The Nowhere Child is a gripping debut from an exceptional new talent.’—Mark Brandi

The Nowhere Child lures you in, its teeth disguised in remarkably compelling prose, and gnaws down to the marrow of your bones.’—Matt Wesolowski

‘I literally could not put this down once I started. A cracking read!’—Michael J Malone


About the author About the author

Christian White is an Australian author and screenwriter whose projects include the feature film Relic. The Nowhere Child is his first book. An early draft of this novel won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and rights were quickly sold into 15 countries. Christian lives in Melbourne with his wife, filmmaker Summer DeRoche, and their adopted greyhound, Issy.


Reading copy giveaway

Be one of the first to read The Nowhere Child. Email with ‘The Nowhere Child giveaway’ in the subject line to request an advance reading copy.





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