Meet William. He’s twenty-two. He’s highly intelligent. He’s an acerbic critic of Australian suburban life. And he’s lost. Chafing against his rural-Aussie background, William sees a university career in Thailand as his intellectual salvation, but he just can’t seem to get it together.

When he bumps into a childhood friend, Deliria, now a scorchingly attractive eighteen-year-old music student, she reveals a secret: she’s a compulsive shoplifter. Of course, he’s now completely smitten. Outclassed and intimidated, William tries to win her over by aiding and abetting her in a succession of minor thefts, and saving her life whenever things go awry.

Overflowing with the riotous immediacy of desire, Deliria is a comic-serious exploration of an educated young man’s quest to find his way in the world. A love song to Deliria, Thailand and twelfth-century French poetry, it proves that literary cultivation, savoir faire, bravery, sexual obsession, moral laxity and complete stupidity can exist in the one person.

Chris Heffernan grew up in Adelaide. Initially he wrote poetry, becoming involved with the Friendly Street group of poets and being published in Australian literary journals. In the early 1990s he moved to Thailand, where he immersed himself in Thai culture and worked for many years in the field of education. In 2007 he returned to Australia with a bi-cultural family in tow. He spent the next several years on the academic staff at the University of Adelaide and writing Deliria, his first novel. He was back in Thailand writing his second novel—set in Bangkok and Sydney—when he passed away unexpectedly in 2014, aged just fifty-two.

Book Details

ISBN: 978-1-922200-24-2 (pbk) | 978-1-922200-25-9 (ebook)

Category: Fiction – Literature / Romance

Trade paperback: 208 pages

Publication Date: 23 June 2015

RRP: AU $22.95 | $4.99

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