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Main : crime, experimental writing, fiction, Spinifex Feminist Classic, spy

ISBN: 9780908205035
0.180 kgs
202 x 138 mm
113 pp
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A Gap in the Records
Jan McKemmish


A Gap in the Records is about spies. But these are no ordinary spies. In a world where women are unnoticed, women make excellent spies. Gathering information, attending functions or taking a simple holiday by the beach, these women are to be reckoned with. From Paraguay to Paris, from Hong Kong to Pine Gap, the women are watching and interfering. A Gap in the Records by Jan McKemmish has come back into prominence as ASIO, the CIA and MI5 all increase their powers. First published in 1985, this novel brings together the spy thriller, innovative fiction and the political innuendo of international relations.

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‘As intriguing and surprising as the mystery it describes, A Gap in the Records opens up a startling space where there was once familiar lines dividing spy stories from feminist fictions, lyricism from political thrillers, humour from literary theory. Here, in a work of rare formal beauty, a fascinating story is pursued across a contemporary landscape of scandal and paranoia, conspiracy and corruption – and in the process, Jan McKemmish invents a new kind of fiction.’ 

Meaghan Morris
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