The format is a game changer and the linked novellas combine to create the best book I’ve read in 12 years, since David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas.
—Chris Flynn, author of Tiger in Eden and The Glass Kingdom
This smart, precise, and beautiful novella reads like an emotional time bomb. Everything is quiet at first, then comes a slow build of tension, and then comes a strange ticking sound, and then—BOOM—suddenly your heart blows up. You can’t write better than this. It’s simply perfect.
—Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic and Eat, Pray, Love
What an intriguing presentation! Reminds me of the old Sat. arvo cliff-hanger serials at our local cinema… we would wait breathlessly to see what happened next! Feeling like that about the next episode!
—Ann Creber, Presenter, The Good Life, 3MDR
Nick will always surprise you. He takes you around corners and down roads you didn’t think you were turning down. His voice is our voice, yet somehow, magically, very much his own. He is both us and him. It’s an odd gift. So please, enjoy ‘our’ Nick Earls. He’s fun to read out loud by the way.—Rhys Muldoon, reader of the Audio book, Gotham
Gotham is the deceptively unobtrusive short book that marks the beginning of one of the most ambitious fiction projects being undertaken in Australian publishing.—Simon Caterson, The Weekend Australian
Booksellers Respond to this project:
Our buyer Dean has just read the first one, insisted we all read it and admitted to crying by the end of it!
—Stephanie Diamond, book-buyer Better Read than Dead
In this day and age, readers have so many choices—but not always when it comes to length. Where are the long short stories that fill out a believable and recognisable world, give you the satisfaction of immersion and time to care about the characters without drowning in extraneous detail? Novellas do just that—satisfy without overwhelming. Congratulations I&B on giving the discerning reader choice—more please!
—Lindy Jones, Abbey’s Bookshop
By the time I had finished Gotham it didn’t matter to me how long these stories were, just that they were well written, fully formed and satisfying. They are beautiful books that can fit in your pocket, meaningful stories enhanced by great design. Novellas are notoriously tricky to sell, but in the Wisdom Tree project by Nick Earls the novella has never seemed more appealing.
—Kym Bagley, bookseller, Dymocks Melbourne
Nick Earls is one of Australia’s most quietly perceptive writers, and this loosely linked quintet of novellas proves just how observant he is on the ways of contemporary life. Work, family, failure and persistence are the major themes. After finishing the novellas I came away moved, contemplative and appreciative of the power of a well turned novella to convey ideas beyond its word count… Unreservedly recommended.
—Lindy Jones, Abbey’s Bookshop
Beautifully written and lovingly produced, Wisdom Tree is a constellation of overlapping lives, revealing us—the educated, artistic, and yet largely unremarkable, residents of the 21st century West—in our poignancy. These are stories with soul. The serial novella format is the perfect way to enter Earls’ little worlds: each gorgeously designed, standalone volume seems to dignify the lives it contains in a way that collation in a single larger volume may not have. This is sure to be one of the most exciting publishing projects of 2016.
—Gerard Elson, bookseller, Readings Bookstore, St Kilda
What the Media are Saying:
Earls has crafted an engaging and observant series of snapshots that reveals the complications and contradictions of our 21st-century lives.
—Carody Culver, Books+Publishing, 1 April 2016
Read an interview with Nick Earls here
Watch Rebecca Sparrow speak about Gotham here
Read a review of Gotham in The Weekend Australian here.
Confirmed Media & Events
The sheer audacity of this project has attracted both print and digital media attention. A spectacular release event is planned in Melbourne at The Wheeler Centre on 28 May in collaboration with Audible, hosted by respected author Chris Flynn and featuring some very special guests. Watch this space.
We expect blanket review coverage in the book pages of the major papers and magazines.
We will keep you posted on the all media and event appearances that we’re planning.