- Author: Albert Alla
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Garnet Publishing Ltd
- Published: 01 September 2013
- ISBN: 9781859643570
In the Oxfordshire countryside, a student walks into a classroom and starts shooting. Nate Dillingham, friends with shooter and victims alike, is the sole survivor and only witness. Easily led and eager to please, his recollections weave around others' hopes, until he loses track of what really happened that day. Unable to resume his normal life after he leaves hospital, Nate decides to travel instead of going to university, hoping to escape, to avoid the memories. After eight evasive years on the road, he returns to Oxford, meets Leona and plunges into a world of candour and desire. But his defences are deteriorating, and Leona shares too much of his past...This chilling contemporary thriller is an unsettling tale of passion and guilt, which takes the reader on an edgy journey into twenty-first century morality.
Albert Alla is originally from St Tropez, France, but spent most of his childhood in Australia. He has dual French and Australian nationality. He studied for an MPhil in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, and now lives in the Pacific, splitting his time between New Caledonia and Wallis Island. Black Chalk is his first novel.