The Nancys

Awards:   Commended for Unpublished Manuscript 2017 (Australia) Long-listed for Best Designed Commercial Fiction Cover 2020 (Australia) Long-listed for Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2020 (Australia) Short-listed for Australian Book Design Awards 2020 (New Zealand) Short-listed for Best Designed Commercial Fiction Cover 2020 (New Zealand) Short-listed for Best Novel 2020 (Australia)
Author:   R.W.R. McDonald
Publisher:   Allen & Unwin
ISBN:  

9781760527334


Pages:   400
Publication Date:   03 June 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Awards

  • Commended for Unpublished Manuscript 2017 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Best Designed Commercial Fiction Cover 2020 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2020 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Australian Book Design Awards 2020 (New Zealand)
  • Short-listed for Best Designed Commercial Fiction Cover 2020 (New Zealand)
  • Short-listed for Best Novel 2020 (Australia)

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WINNER of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel 'Funny, dark and above all, heart-warming, The Nancys is a celebration of what's important in life - which is family, friendship and also: makeovers. R.W.R. McDonald's novel is face-paced, clever and full of wit and repartee. McDonald pays homage to the novel's namesake Nancy Drew, but adds elements of RuPaul and Shirley Barrett's The Bus on Thursday. The result is a work of fiction that is smart, darkly comic and, in the very best of ways, completely bizarre.' - Katherine Collette, author of The Helpline 'A delight - moving and hilarious. I loved every minute I spent with these characters.' - Paddy O'Reilly 'How does The Nancys manage to be both sharp and blackly funny, but also uplifting and sweet?' - Toni Jordan Tippy Chan is eleven and lives in a small town in a very quiet part of the world - the place her Uncle Pike escaped from the first chance he got as a teenager. Now Pike is back with his new boyfriend Devon to look after Tippy while her mum's on a cruise. Tippy is in love with her uncle's old Nancy Drew books, especially the early ones where Nancy was sixteen and did whatever she wanted. She wants to be Nancy and is desperate to solve a real mystery. When her teacher's body is found beside Riverstone's only traffic light, Tippy's moment has arrived. She and her minders form The Nancys, a secret amateur detective club. But what starts as a bonding and sightseeing adventure quickly morphs into something far more dangerous. A wrongful arrest, a close call with the murderer, and an intervention from Tippy's mum all conspire against The Nancys. But regardless of their own safety, and despite the constant distraction of questionable fashion choices in the town that style forgot, The Nancys know only they can stop the killer from striking again. The Nancys is gripping and glorious, a heart-warming novel for anyone who's ever felt they were on the outside looking in. At its heart it is about the family we make and how we must summon the courage to face the truth, no matter what the cost may be.

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Author:   R.W.R. McDonald
Publisher:   Allen & Unwin
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Weight:   0.522kg
ISBN:  

9781760527334


ISBN 10:   1760527335
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   03 June 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
We have confirmation that this item is in stock with the supplier. It will be ordered in for you and dispatched immediately.

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R.W.R. McDonald (Rob) is an award-winning author, a Kiwi and Queer dad living in Melbourne with his two daughters and one HarryCat. His debut novel, The Nancys, won Best First Novel in the 2020 Ngaio Marsh Awards, as well as being a finalist in the Best Novel category. It was shortlisted for Best First Novel in the 2020 Ned Kelly Awards, and Highly Commended for an Unpublished Manuscript in the 2017 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. Nancy Business is his second novel, publishing in June 2021.

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