One of the most anticipated literary debuts of the year, Ronnie Scott’s The Adversary is an exhilarating story about sexuality and the ache of friendship and love that captures the heartbeat of a sticky Melbourne summer. This novel of forged and broken alliances has drawn wide praise, being called “terrific, sad and elegant and funny and also bloody moving” by Christos Tsiolkas and a “sexy, bittersweet and capacious … an instant classic” by Bryan Washington. Ronnie talks with Peter Polites about this subtle and savage debut that heralds a fresh and original voice in Australian fiction.

Ronnie Scott (Australian)

Ronnie Scott

Ronnie Scott is an essayist and critic. In 2007 he founded The Lifted Brow, an independent literary magazine. He is a lecturer in creative writing at RMIT. The Adversary is his first novel.

Peter Polites (Australian)

Peter Polites

Peter Polites is a writer of Greek descent from Western Sydney. Peter writes and performs pieces all over Australia, and also writes performance texts for Urban Theatre Projects. His first novel Down the Hume was shortlisted for a NSW Premier's Literary Award in 2017. His second novel, The Pillars, is a dark satire of gay and ethnic aspirations.