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A Child's Book of True Crime

(2002)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
Betty Trask Award Best First Novel (nominee)
Kate Byrne is having an affair with the father of her most gifted pupil, Lucien. Unnervingly, her lover's wife has just published Murder at Black Swan Point, a true crime novel about the brutal slaying of a young adulteress. When Lucien displays violent imagery in his crayon sketches, Kate wonders how well her pupil understands his mother's grisly work, and why he's exposed to it. Suspecting the adult account of Black Swan Point's murder to be wrong, Kate imagines her own version of the novel, for children, narrated by Australian animals. But has her obsession with the crime aligned her fate with that of the murdered adulteress? Chloe Hooper brilliantly portrays a young woman reluctant to enter or conform to the world of adults. Kate Byrne is compelled by the lives of her nine-year-old students, a misfit among their parents. And though Lucien's father brings her to life sexually in scenes of escalating eroticism, he does nothing to penetrate her obsession with the past. Kate is fixated on the crime of passion that occurred years earlier, less and less aware of her own reputation in the present.


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Hardback Editions

February 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Child's Book of True Crime: A Novel
Author(s): Chloe Hooper
ISBN: 0-7432-2512-0 / 978-0-7432-2512-0 (USA edition)
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February 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Child's Book of True Crime
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ISBN: 0-224-06237-9 / 978-0-224-06237-4 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

January 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Child's Book of True Crime
Author(s): Chloe Hooper
ISBN: 1-78470-605-1 / 978-1-78470-605-0 (UK edition)
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April 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Child's Book of True Crime: A Novel
Author(s): Chloe Hooper
ISBN: 0-7432-2513-9 / 978-0-7432-2513-7 (USA edition)
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November 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Child's Book Of True Crime
Author(s): Chloe Hooper
ISBN: 0-09-942895-4 / 978-0-09-942895-4 (UK edition)
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2002 : Australia Paperback
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Title: A Child's Book of True Crime
Author(s): Chloe Hooper
ISBN: 1-74051-208-1 / 978-1-74051-208-4 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Random House Australia
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Audio Editions

December 2015 : Australia MP3 CD
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Title: A Child's Book of True Crime
Author(s): Chloe Hooper
ISBN: 1-4890-8323-5 / 978-1-4890-8323-4 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
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December 2012 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: A Child's Book of True Crime
Author(s): Chloe Hooper
ISBN: 1-74314-188-2 / 978-1-74314-188-5 (Australia edition)
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December 2012 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: A Child's Book of True Crime
Author(s): Chloe Hooper
ISBN: 1-74318-394-1 / 978-1-74318-394-6 (Australia edition)
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December 2012 : Australia MP3 CD
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Title: A Child's Book of True Crime
Author(s): Chloe Hooper
ISBN: 1-74318-406-9 / 978-1-74318-406-6 (Australia edition)
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December 2012 : Australia MP3 CD
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Title: A Child's Book of True Crime
Author(s): Chloe Hooper, Inc Brilliance Audio
ISBN: 1-74314-200-5 / 978-1-74314-200-4 (Australia edition)
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January 2012 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: A Child's Book of True Crime
Author(s): Chloe Hooper
ISBN: 1-74310-336-0 / 978-1-74310-336-4 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda audio
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August 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Child's Book of True Crime
Author(s): Chloe Hooper
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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August 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Child's Book of True Crime
Author(s): Chloe Hooper
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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August 2010 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Child's Book of True Crime
Author(s): Chloe Hooper
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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October 2002 : Australia Audio Cassette

Title: A Child's Book of True Crime
Author(s): Chloe Hooper
ISBN: 1-74030-863-8 / 978-1-74030-863-2 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
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June 2002 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: Child's Book of True Crime
Author(s): Chloe Hooper
ISBN: 1-74030-954-5 / 978-1-74030-954-7 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
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November 2003 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: A Child's Book of True Crime
Author(s): Chloe Hooper
ISBN: 1-74094-508-5 / 978-1-74094-508-0 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda audio
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January 2003 : Australia Audio Cassette

Title: A Child's Book of True Crime
Author(s): Chloe Hooper
ISBN: 1-74094-133-0 / 978-1-74094-133-4 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bolinda Audio Books,Australia
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Kindle Editions

July 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Child's Book of True Crime
Author(s): Chloe Hooper
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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January 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Child's Book of True Crime: A Novel
Author(s): Chloe Hooper
Publisher: Scribner
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