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  • Published: 2 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9781741667882
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $37.00


One is the loneliest number.

‘My mind went blank. I'd fallen asleep at the wheel again, the windows wound down and the radio announcer yelling into the early morning darkness.

‘Then I wake up and I'm home, mounted into my driveway. And there's a woman there, sitting upright in the middle of the concrete, her eyes closed. Her breath hanging, curling like smoke in the early morning air. The sun has just started to rise, newborn daylight stretching shadows and revealing the basic shapes of the world. TV antennas poking from rooftops against the horizon.

‘And here she is, her body stacked on top of itself, her eyes shut tight like a child counting in a game of hide-and-seek.’

Marcus had his heart broken by Caitlin, his one true love, and cannot see a way forward in life. Having alienated himself from his family and friends, he works nights and shuns normal society. But not even disrupted sleep and depression can explain the strange behaviours that will suddenly take him over.

Sarah has been making a living being ‘the one’ for dying men. A palliative care nurse, she is paid extra to make those in her care fall in love with her, and believe they are loved in return, as they play out the last days of their lives.

Through a chance encounter, Sarah and Marcus are thrown together on a road trip, where they begin to explore the limitations of friendship, family and love, before a devastating revelation changes everything. Fast-paced, immediate and perceptive, ONE is the highly original second novel from a young Australian writer rapidly establishing himself as a major talent.

  • Pub date: 2 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9781741667882
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $37.00

About the Author

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson lives in Canberra, Australia. His first novel, Rohypnol, won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript and was commended for the Kathleen Mitchell Award.

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Praise for One

““ROHYPNOL is a phenomenally assured first novel, tough and hard, dangerous and menacing, a vivid exploration of an amoral - if not evil - landscape. What commands respect is the power and uniqueness of the voice, the writer's mastery and self-discipline. There's no fat, no pretension, no indulgence. ROHYPNOL is an exhilarating, terrifying read and Andrew Hutchinson is the real deal: a genuine new voice in Australian writing. This book is an absolute knockout.” - Christos Tsiolkas”

““... the best debut novel of the year, was Andrew Hutchinson's Rohypnol. An unflinching depiction of youthful nihilism and amorality,”

“Rohypnol probes a culture of drug abuse and date rape most Australians would prefer to ignore. But it's also utterly convincing”

“and completely rivetting - I read it in one sitting.””

“Andy Murdoch, MX Magazine”

““It's assured, convincingly portrayed and grippingly plotted.””

“Andy Murdoch MX”

“‘‘It is an accomplished cautionary tale that surprises and unsettles the reader’’ - Arts Minister Mary Delahunty, presenting the award for an unpublished manuscript to Victorian writer Andrew Hutchinson for his work, ROHYPNOL”

“I read Rohypnol – it was scaryingly good!”


“I'm just finishing off 'Rohypnol'! What a book, kinda of a slow motion train crash that you can't quite tear your eyes away from. Reminds me of 'We need to talk about Kevin / Clockwork Orange / American Psycho' all rolled up in Melbourne town. It feels like a familiar story (that I've read before, not experience!), but written well enough not to feel contrived or that the author is just striving for max shock value only. It will be interesting to note the reponse from the punters and reviewers when it comes out. I certainly couldn't put it down and I think it will be a good one for St Kilda. Sanch, Reading’s”

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