Margaret Bearman's intimate, unsettling novel of family dysfunction perfectly captures the ambivalent passions of girlhood while offering an incisive critique of the cult of artistic genius. Sharp and subtle at the same time, refusing any easy certainties, We Were Never Friends is a haunting portrait of the human capacity for cruelty and love in equal measure - bestselling author Kirsten Tranter
Lotti lives under the shadow of a genius: her father George Coates is a brilliant and celebrated Australian painter. When Lotti meets the outcast waif Kyla at a suburban Canberra school, two worlds are set to collide. Slowly Kyla is drawn into the orbit of the Coates family. Or is it the other way around?
As Lotti and Kyla navigate their way towards adulthood, dark secrets start to unravel, with devastating consequences â¶
We Were Never Friends is a compelling and powerful novel about friendship, the pursuit of a creative life and the legacies we leave behind.
Margaret Bearman is a writer and an academic. Her first novel, Above the Water, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2002. Sheâhas written for radio, theatre and made award-winning short films. Her academic research explores the complexity of learning and working in a post-digital age. She lives in Melbourne with her family.