Some Tests by Wayne Macauley

Some Tests

byWayne Macauley

Kobo ebook | May 29, 2017

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It begins with the normally healthy Beth—aged-care worker, wife of David, mother of Lettie and em—feeling vaguely off-colour. A locum sends her to Dr Yi for some tests. ‘There are a few things here that aren’t quite right,’ says Dr Yi, ‘and sometimes it is these little wrongnesses that can lead us to the bigger wrongs that matter.’

Beth is sent on to Dr Twoomey for more tests. Then to another specialist, and another…Referral after referral sees her bumped from suburb to suburb, bewildered, joining busloads of people all clutching white envelopes and hoping for answers.

But what is actually wrong with Beth—is anything, in fact, wrong with her? And what strange forces are at work in the system? As the novel reaches its stunning climax, we realise how strange these forces are.

Unnerving and brilliant, Some Tests is about waking up one morning and finding your ordinary life changed forever.

Wayne Macauley is the author of the acclaimed novels Blueprints for a Barbed-Wire CanoeCaravan Story, The Cook and Demons. The Cook was shortlisted for a Western Australian Premier’s Book Award, a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and the Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award.

‘Macauley has published some of the most memorable fiction going in this country. His books and stories are satirical fables in which the properties are recognisably contemporary and Australian…His narratives [can] take off into the bizarre without ever losing their cool.’ The Age

‘A darkly surreal tale of how illness of any kind turns a person’s world inside out—and a philosophical lament at the alienating effects of modern medical systems. This is Macauley at his brilliant, poetic best, using the fable form to broadcast an existential wake-up call to his readers, asking us to reconsider how we live and die—but at the same time, as the best art does, reminding us that we do not suffer alone.’ Ceridwen Dovey

Some Tests is a completely unique offering among the recent spate of books about illness, death and Western medicine. With eerie touches of strangeness that quickly progress to the surreal, Macauley turns the mundane consultation into utterly compelling reading. You will never see a waiting room the same way.’ Readings

‘Despite its subject matter, humour and warmth are woven into the deceptively uncomplicated writing. There’s a large range of characters, but Macauley gives each of the important ones definition and life.’ Otago Daily Times

‘The novel raises timely and important questions.’ SA Weekend

‘Unnerving and brilliant.’ Outthere

‘Wayne Macauley is an entertaining satirist who mercilessly exposes Australian follies, and I like his novels very much.’ ANZ Lit Lovers

‘In his new novel, Some Tests…There is an anger here transformed into bemusement, which in turn finds a darker, more surreal form…Though Macauley’s allegorical prowess remains undimmed, this is perhaps the most straightforward and direct book he’s written…[A] compelling style…The shock of the familiar, vividly portrayed.’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘Wayne Macauley’s eclectic new novel, Some Tests, tackles the topic of death in a surreal way.’ Guardian

‘For something that’s built on such a high concept idea, Macauley manages to bring a lot of tension out of the narrative. Its clear goals and problems are refreshing, the prose itself clear and unadorned—Macauley has a gift for rendering tedium in a very readable fashion.’ Kill Your Darlings

‘If there’s a test really worth taking, a choice really worth making, it’s to read Some Tests, and all of Macauley’s writing, and see where you end up.’ Australian

Title:Some TestsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 29, 2017Publisher:The Text Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1925410293

ISBN - 13:9781925410297

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