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Max Easton

Max Easton is a writer from Sydney. His work has appeared in Mess+Noise, The Lifted Brow, Meanjin and Sydney Review of Books. He is the creator of Barely Human, a zine and podcast series exploring underground music’s ties to counterculture and subculture. His first novel, The Magpie Wing, was longlisted for the 2022 Miles Franklin Literary Award. His second work of fiction, Paradise Estate, was released by Giramondo in October 2023.


Paradise Estate

Max Easton

288 pages
Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published October 2023
ISBN 9781922725844

Adrift in a hostile rental market, Helen finds a four-bedroom house, and fills its rooms with an unlikely group of residents looking for communal belonging: a zine maker working on a punk music archive; an activist writing about Australian anti-communism; a research scientist striving to put down roots; and a part-time rugby league player who has one chance to play for his country before retirement. Each is looking to build a future, each is haunted by their recent past.

The Magpie Wing

Max Easton

240 pages
Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published September 2021
ISBN 9781925818765

Max Easton’s debut novel explores how, even in a city divided against itself, disparate communities – underground music scenes, rugby league clubs, communist splinter groups – share unexpected roots.