Described as Call Me By Your Name set in communist Poland, Swimming in the Dark is Tomasz Jedrowski’s lyrical and moving debut about a consuming love affair unfolding as a country is torn apart. After love flourishes between two young men over a dreamlike summer in the Polish countryside, the protagonists must return to Warsaw to face the harsh realities of life under a corrupt and violent state. Reviewer Patrick Carey meets the Paris-based author whom Edmund White hailed as “an authentic new international star”.

Tomasz Jedrowski (International)

Tomasz Jedrowski

Tomasz Jedrowski is a graduate of Cambridge University and Université de Paris. He was born in Germany to Polish parents and has lived in several countries, including Poland. He now lives in the Forest of Orleans in France. Tomasz speaks five languages and writes in English. Swimming in the Dark is his first novel.

Patrick Carey (Australian)

Patrick Carey

Patrick Carey is a writer, journalist and content creator based in Sydney. He’s currently the content specialist at Sydney Theatre Company, where he writes essays, produces programs, shoots interviews and records podcasts. Previously, Patrick worked across many departments at the ABC including ABC Arts, ABC Life, ABC Radio National and ABC Classic FM. He’s also a semi-regular reviewer for ABC Radio National’s The Bookshelf and The Good Food Guide.