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Zoe Deleuil: The Night Village

From all the way in Berlin, WA author Zoe Deleuil discusses her debut psychological suspense novel, The Night Village, the anxieties of parenting, how the Hungerford Award launched her career, and much more.

Zoe Deleuil was born in Perth, but moved to London in her twenties to work as a magazine subeditor for the BBC, before completing a masters in Creative Writing.

Zoe now lives in Berlin and has just released her debut psychological suspense novel, The Night Village, with Fremantle Press.

The Night Village is the story of Australian expat Simone, who moves to London to start a career and unexpectedly falls pregnant. Simone has only known her boyfriend Paul for a year, but is determined to make things work, despite feeling completely unprepared for motherhood. The arrival of Paul's cousin Rachel should be a godsend, but there's something about Rachel that Simone doesn't trust. Fighting sleep deprivation and the stresses that come with a new baby, Simone begins to question Rachel's motives, and to wonder what secrets the cousins share.

Pre-publication, The Night Village was shortlisted for the City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award in 2018. Zoe's first manuscript, The Back Shed, was also shortlisted for the Hungerford Award in 2012, and was longlisted for the Australian/Vogel's Literary Award.

Photo of Zoe Deleuil by Jess Gately.


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