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Tally and Grace are teenage sisters living on the outskirts of society, dragged from one no-hope town to the next by their fugitive father. When an explosion rips their lives apart, they flee separately to the city. The girls had always imagined that beyond the remote regions lay another, brighter world: glamorous, promising, full of luck. But, as each soon discovers, if one arrives broke, homeless, and alone, the city is a dangerous place—a place where commerce and surveillance rule, and undocumented people like themselves are confined to life’s shady margins. Now Tally and Grace must struggle to find each other and survive.

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Meg Mundell is a writer whose work has been published in several Australian publications, including the Age, The Best Australian Stories 2010, the Monthly magazine, and The Sleepers Almanac.

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“I loved Black Glass. Tally—garrulous, resourceful, and scared—is a wonderfully convincing child character whose voice I have missed since finishing the book. Meg Mundell skillfully exposes the manipulation and paranoia beneath the city of the future’s gloss, and the marginalized existences of those excluded from the brave new world.”  —Catherine O’Flynn, author, What Was Lost "Mundell's Melbourne is always intriguing, as the real and the imagined coalesce." —Colin Steele, the Canberra Times "In her brilliant debut novel, Mundell envisages a dark, sinister city of the not-too-distant future where massive surveillance and controls are used to crush citizens into submission." —Carlene Ellwood, the Mercury“A superb debut novel. Meg Mundell has invented a compelling futuristic version of our urban world that is not only original but—like all great speculative fiction—frighteningly recognizable. In addition, she has populated it with a cast of charismatic characters, notably the resourceful sisters Tally and Grace—truly an endearing and heroic pair.”  —Chris Womersley, author, Bereft and The Low Road“Brooding, surreal, and unsettlingly vulnerable, Black Glass marks the arrival of a striking new voice. A brilliant debut.”  —James Bradley, author, The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War"Black Glass presents a dark urban dystopian future of mass surveillance and government control, filled with corruption and morality gone wrong . . . Black Glass contains a mix of writing styles, adding to the big brother style of the book . . . The tension builds right until the end." —Andrew Wrathall, Bookseller & Publisher"Meg Mundell creates an eerie vision of an Australian city (it sounds a lot like what once was Melbourne) in her chilling debut novel, where we follow the lives of the two itinerant sisters." —Julia Ross, Courier Mail"[An] impressive debut . . . It's a bleak, recognisable vision of a possible tomorrow and Mundell colours it with imagination and intelligence . . . Black Glass is made of stimulating, satisfying stuff." —Gerard Elson, Readings Monthly"A strong debut." —Herald Sun"Black Glass is a convincing piece of probable dystopia, ingeniously designed to save some of its best blows for the end. And the survival skills and no-nonsense voice of Tally are a pleasure to follow." —Nicholas Reid, Sunday Star Times "It is a Melbourne that keeps us absorbed all the way to the novel's denouement. As in much speculative fiction, Mundell's aim is to warn us against destructive trends in contemporary society. What, she asks in this lively debut novel, are we becoming?" —Rjurik Davidson, the Age"Mundell's debut novel Black Glass is wrought from a minimally tweaked reality in the all-too-near future . . . the novel also deals meatily with social engineering, economic segregation and the decay of news media . . . [it] is the arrival of a brave new voice to tweak Australia's literary scene." —Hamish McDougall, the Australian
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