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If We Were Villains

If We Were Villains (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Rio, M. L.

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Enter the players. There were seven of us then, seven bright young things with wide precious futures ahead of us. Until that year, we saw no further than the books in front of our faces.'On the day Oliver Marks is released from jail, the man who put him there is waiting at the do... read full description below.

ISBN 9781925584271
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Published 27 June 2017 by Affirm Press
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ISBN-13 9781925584271
ISBN-10 1925584275
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Publisher Affirm Press
Imprint Affirm Press
Publication Date 27 June 2017
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Rio, M. L.
Category Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
Australian
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 233mm
Spine: 27mm
Weight 480g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Anthologies, Essays, Letters & Miscellaneous
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 764606

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Enter the players. There were seven of us then, seven bright young things with wide precious futures ahead of us. Until that year, we saw no further than the books in front of our faces.'On the day Oliver Marks is released from jail, the man who put him there is waiting at the door. Detective Colborne wants to know the truth, and after ten years, Oliver is finally ready to tell it.Ten years before: Oliver is one of seven young Shakespearean actors at Dellecher Classical Conservatory, a place of keen ambition and fierce competition. In this secluded world of firelight and leather-bound books, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ingenue, extra. But in their fourth and final year, the balance of power begins to shift, good-natured rivalries turned ugly, and on opening night real violence invades the students' world of make believe. In the morning, the fourth-years find themselves facing their very own tragedy, and their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, each other, and themselves that they are innocent.Part coming-of-age story, part confession, If We Were Villains explores the magical and dangerous boundary between art and life. In this tale of loyalty and betrayal, madness and ecstasy, the players must choose what roles to play before the curtain falls.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'Much like Donna Tartt's THE SECRET HISTORY, M. L. Rio's sparkling debut is a richly layered story of love, friendship, and obsession. Both comic and tragic, this novel asks what people are willing to sacrifice in the name of ambition. Expertly plotted, beautifully written, IF WE WERE VILLAINS will keep you riveted through its final, electrifying moments.' - Cynthia D Aprix Sweeney, bestselling author of THE NEST. 'This is a rare and extraordinary novel: a vivid rendering of the closed world of a conservatory education, a tender and harrowing exploration of friendship, and a genuinely breathtaking literary thriller. I can't recommend this book highly enough, and can't wait to read what M. L. Rio writes next.' - Emily St. John Mandel, bestselling author of STATION ELEVENT.

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Author's Bio

M. L. Rio is an author of literary and upmarket fiction. She has been writing and working in the theatre (onstage and off) for ten years, and has come to the conclusion that good storytelling is a noble goal in and of itself. She has never been able to satisfactorily answer the question 'Where are you from?' but she presently lives in London, where she is pursuing an MA in Shakespeare Studies at King's College and Shakespeare's Globe. See: https://mlrio.com/

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