Nominated by:

The State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Publisher of nominated edition:

Penguin Books Australia

What Came Before

Anna George      

2016 Longlist

‘My name is David James Forrester. I’m a solicitor. Tonight, at 6.10, I killed my wife. This is my statement.’

In Melbourne’s inner west, David sits in his car, dictaphone in hand. He’s sick to his stomach but determined to record his version of events. His wife Elle hovers over her own lifeless body as it lies in the laundry of the house they shared. David thinks back on their relationship – intimate, passionate, intense – and what led to this terrible night.

From her eerie vantage point, Elle traces the sweep of their shared past too. Before David, she’d enjoyed a contented life – as a successful filmmaker, a much-loved aunt and friend. But in the course of two years, she was captivated and then undone by him. Not once in those turbulent times did she imagine that her alluring, complex husband was capable of this.

(from publisher)

About the Author

Initially trained as a lawyer, Anna George has worked in the legal world as well as the film and television industries. She studied Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT, and has written feature film scripts. She is currently working on her second novel, which is set on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children.

Librarian’s Comments

What Came Before was selected by Victoria public librarian vote from a list of nominations complied by the State Library of Victoria.

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