Never Look Desperate
A Novel By Rachel Matthews
The story tackles the absurdity of despair in a recovering world, the liberation from isolation and the wild frontier of middle-aged tinder.
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‘Matthews’ voice is funny and wry and heartbreakingly honest. She has empathy for everyone – even those of us who, like Bernard, are a little bit hopeless but not entirely without hope … ‘
Toni Jordan, author of Pretty if She Smiled More and Addition
Dr Rachel Matthews is a Melbourne Author, university lecturer, teacher and student welfare-co-ordinator. She loves working in spaces that encourage storytelling and a voice for all.
Rachel grew up in Shepparton, country Victoria. She loves returning there to spend time with family and enjoy the starry skies.
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‘Rachel Matthews is an important Australian voice. Her novel, Siren, tackled some of the most difficult territory in white Australian culture with courage, insight and pathos. She brings the same quality of understanding of human thought and impulse to this new work, Never Look Desperate, and layers into it a truly hilarious sensibility. Touching, funny and sexy, Never Look Desperate is transgressive but hugely readable.’
Clare Strahan, author of Cracked and The Learning Curves of Vanessa Partridge
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Bernard, 48, is single and clumsy with women and is a central character in my new novel ‘Never Look Desperate’. He doesn’t
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