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Polites’ writing is unpretentious, spare, sharp. Peter’s voice is raw, casual, genuine. This is urban storytelling at its best – Maxine Beneba Clarke on Peter Polites.

A contemporary noir novel, Down The Hume explores the nature of obsession and addiction. Hedonistic, confronting and heartbreaking – this story will not only drag you along at a rapid pace – it will tear you in two.


A novel of addiction, secrets and misplaced love, this is an Australian debut not to be missed + Competition
Queensland Times
an edgy debut novel
Shelley Hadfield, Herald Sun
Book of the week
Feature TO COME
FBi's Book Club
Gritty novel of a Sydney I've never seen before.
Kali Napier, Netgalley
Hume is a robust study of ethnic, class and sexual identities that intersect in contemporary Australia + Article
Nathan Smith, Weekend Australian
Polites' novel ultimately offers a riotous vision of an authentically multicultural Australia that One Nation - and increasingly the far right of the LNP - cannot accept. This makes Down the Hume essential reading in these times of "border protection".
The Saturday Paper
smart and pleasantly unnerving
Oliver Driscoll, Books+Publishing