Posted by: Lisa Hill | August 19, 2011

The Amateur Science of Love (2011) by Craig Sherborne

Those good people at Text know how to write a blurb that gives nothing away.  Here it is, from the back cover of Craig Sherborne’s first foray into fiction, The Amateur Science of Love:

Colin dreams of escaping his parents’ New Zealand farm for a grand stage career. He makes it to London and a disastrous audition before meeting Tilda; beautiful Tilda, older, an artist; who brings his future with her.
A heady romance leads  to a new home in a decaying former bank in a small town hours from Melbourne.  They are building a life together; but there are cracks in the foundation.
This is a love story, told from passionate beginning to spectacular end. It is intimate and honest, blackly funny and emotionally devastating.

So there I was, reading in a rather desultory way – enjoying the writing enough to post a Sensational Snippet – but just starting to wonder if the narrator’s bleakly comic navel-gazing was going anywhere, when … wham! I was riveted by the plot.  At half-past three in the morning I finally fell asleep last night with the book drifting onto the pillow, and grabbed it again (with a coffee to keep me awake) when the alarm went off at 6:00am this morning.

No, I’m not going to spoil it for you either.  Go and get a copy, and see why Helen Garner wrote this for the front cover:

All women with lingering illusions about the way men think should read this fast-moving, sharply focused, fantasy-shattering little thunderclap of a book’. 

Gentlemen, you should read it too, because now we know what you’re thinking…

PS It is very good about small town rural life as well!

© Lisa Hill

Author: Craig Sherborne
Title: The Amateur Science of Love
Publisher: Text Publishing 2011
ISBN: 9781921758010
Source: Casey-Cardinia Library

Fishpond: The Amateur Science of Love


  1. Now that is what I call an intriguing review! I enjoyed your sensational snippet, am slightly worried by the “all women […] should”, but overall the consensus is one of overwhelming curiousity…


    • Honestly, Sarah, I wasn’t meaning to tease, but I couldn’t think of a way to write about this book without revealing aspects of the plot and ruining it for people.


  2. No criticism intended! I suspect that I have carelessly and regrettably spoilt the odd plot in my time and I am always appreciative when other bloggers are sensitive to spoilers. You’ve done an excellent job, and I hope the author is duly grateful :)


    • No worries, Sarah, I didn’t take it that way *warm smile*


  3. OOh intrigued!


    • Good! Grab a copy and you will see why he just won the Melbourne Prize for Literature Best Writing Award!


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