New thriller novel out NOW. BUY IT here.
Shortlisted, 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
‘Suspense in spades. You will be utterly gripped by Sam’s story.’
– The Last Thirteen Author James Phelan
‘Readers need to be prepared for a gamut of emotions in this highly recommended novel.’
– Magpies Magazine
‘A page-turning masterpiece for readers young and old.’
– Bookseller and Blogger, Simon MacDonald, Pages and Pages / Boomerang Books.
‘Bancks intelligently imbues The Fall with themes of family, male connection, resilience and mortality in an engaging, action-filled coming-of-age story that explores what it means to be a hero.’
– Braiden Asciak in B+P (Bookseller and Publisher) Magazine
In the middle of the night, Sam is woken by angry voices from the apartment above.
He goes to the window to see what’s happening – only to hear a struggle, and see a body fall
from the sixth-floor balcony. Pushed, Sam thinks.
Sam goes to wake his father Harry, a crime reporter, but Harry is gone. And when Sam goes downstairs, the body is gone, too. But someone has seen Sam, and knows what he’s witnessed.
The next twenty-four hours could be his last.
Recommended for ages 10+
Two-Minute VIDEO INTRO. WHAT IS THE FALL ABOUT?
BEHIND-THE-SCENES ON THE WRITING PROCESS
The Fall was initially inspired by something I saw while on work experience with Channel Ten news when I was at school. The story wouldn’t leave me alone.
The Drafting Process
The Fall is a 50,000-word novel. I actually wrote 120,000 words worth of scenes and chapters. I threw out 70,419 words in my attempt to find the story. That’s just on my laptop. On paper there would be perhaps another 100,000 words.
I wrote seven drafts of The Fall before delivering it to Kimberley Bennett my editor at Penguin Random House. Initially the story was set in Sydney and was about a kid whose mum was a TV newsreader. The events of the story played out while Sam was on work experience with one of her cameramen for a week during the school holidays. In later drafts, while I was travelling with my family, the story was set in Paris and the plot involved the French president and the underground Paris Catacombs. Eventually, it came back to Australia and I set myself the challenge of having the story take place mostly over a single day in one apartment building. For me that really helped focus the book and raise the tension and stakes.
I love movies and books set in a single location and over a short period of time. I love Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window and the old black and white movie Twelve Angry Men. Tintin was an inspiration as well as the crime reporter comic books that Sam loves. I reread Danny the Champion of the World when I was thinking about the father-son relationship in The Fall. Sam and Harry’s relationship is much more problematic than Danny and his dad’s but I wanted to find some tenderness and connection in spite of the difficulties. I was also inspired by Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret which takes place mainly in and around a Parisian train station. I wanted the apartment building to feel like a character in the story in the way that the train station does in Hugo.
Two Wolves REVIEWS
‘Two Wolves recalls the great adventure stories of Jack London but with the gritty realism of 21st-century story-telling. Gripping and unpredictable, with a hero you won’t forget.’ – John Boyne, author of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
‘The novel was perfect – praise I rarely give, in fact – taut, empathic and of a depth very rarely seen for that age group of boys in particular.’ – Marj Osborne, Teacher-Librarian / Blogger
‘A tense, hard-edged, no-holds-barred thriller.’ – Anthony Horowitz, author Alex Rider series)
‘This engrossing novel captures the reader with the skill and narrative power of the descriptive writing, its intriguing plot, believable dialogue, family tensions, and Ben’s emotional and physical growth . . . Highly recommended for secondary readers as a gripping read, and for class discussion on many levels.” – Chloé Mauger, Magpies