Poe’s William Wilson. Nabokov’s Humbert Humbert. J. D. Salinger’s Holden Caulfield. Unreliable narrators are unsettling guides through the stories they tell, fooling themselves, others, their readers or a combination of the three. J.P. Pomare’s disturbing page-turner Call Me Evie and Annaleese Jochems’ obsession-fueled Baby feature discomfiting and unstable narrators, who distort and refract the truth, filling readers with enjoyably compulsive doubt as their tales progress.
Annaleese Jochems’ first book Baby was longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Prize and won the Best First Book Award at the 2018 NZ Ockham Book Awards and the 2016 Adam Prize from the International Institute of Modern Letters.
J.P. Pomare’s writing has been published in journals including Meanjin and Kill Your Darlings and his podcast On Writing has featured bestselling authors from around the globe. Call Me Evie is his first novel.
Geordie Williamson is chief literary critic of The Australian. He's a former publisher of the Picador imprint and a recent Editor of Best Australian Essays.