Captain Panic and The Hope Fault: on being anxious in an uncertain landscape

The Belgravia Books / Aardvark Bureau / Gallic Books team asked me to write something for their blog, on anxiety as a preoccupation of my novel The Hope Fault. I wrote about extreme campervanning, family nicknames, and being anxious (and writing) in an uncertain landscape. Like the Worst Campervan in New Zealand, my novel The … Read more…

Foreword Reviews starred review of The Hope Fault

Foreword Reviews, Sep-Oct 2018

Ahead of the US release of The Hope Fault in October, Foreword Reviews magazine has given it a starred review in their September/October 2018 issue. Tracy Farr’s carefully crafted literary novel The Hope Fault explores what family means when it’s placed beside the weight of history. […] The Hope Fault is a riveting novel that elegantly … Read more…

Video: Tracy Farr introduces The Hope Fault

The Hope Fault (Aardvark Bureau, 2018)

In this short video, I introduce The Hope Fault, and talk a little about ideas in the novel, and its origins. You can find this video and other information on the Notes, resources and references page on this website, and in the ‘biblet’ that Aardvark Bureau have put together for The Hope Fault. The biblet contains resources, … Read more…

The Hope Fault published in UK (and a playlist to celebrate)

The Hope Fault

The Hope Fault, my second novel, is making its way out into the world. This month marks its publication in UK, by the wise and wonderful team at Aardvark Bureau / Gallic Books. It’ll be published (in the same Aardvark Bureau edition) in the US in October this year, and later this year it will be … Read more…

The Hope Fault in 10 questions

The Hope Fault (Aardvark Bureau, 2018)

My second novel, The Hope Fault, will be published by Aardvark Bureau (an imprint of Gallic Books / Belgravia Books Collective) in July 2018 (UK) and October 2018 (US). Recently, Aardvark Bureau asked me ten questions about The Hope Fault, and my reading and writing life. You can read the Q&A here. I talk about … Read more…

‘7 Australian novels you should read’ by Lucy Treloar

Reader's Digest: 7 Australian novels

Australian novelist Lucy Treloar, author of the wonderful Miles Franklin and Walter Scott shortlisted Salt Creek (published this year in hardback in the UK and US by Aardvark Bureau), recently listed ‘some of her favourite Australian novels’ for Reader’s Digest UK. Here are a few books that I’ve read and loved; their styles, genres, and settings as rich … Read more…

This festive season

Dancing on the beach, 1920, William James (public domain)

May is my birthday month (thus always a time of celebrations and joy to the  world, right?). But this May feels extra-festive, cause for much shimmying, shaking, and leg-kicking, on the beach and elsewhere. The Hope Fault acquired by Aardvark Bureau I’ve been quietly dancing on the ceiling (and everywhere else) about this for a while, so I’m delighted to … Read more…

The Hope Fault

The Hope Fault (Aardvark Bureau, 2018)

Iris flicks the car’s headlights on, even though it’s not long past midday. There’s no rain yet, but you can feel it in the air, smell it coming. When they’d left the city that morning, they’d driven three hours south in midwinter sunshine, under skies of unbroken blue. Then just out of Cassetown they drove … Read more…

Ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive – a 2016 countdown

Let’s face it, 2016 has been a crap year for the world. And politically, 2017 scares the poop out of me (though let’s hope New Zealand seizes the opportunity later this year to #changethegovernment). But in writing terms, for me 2016 was a great year, and — with my new novel due out in a … Read more…