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The writerly trajectory of self-published 19-year-olds can be a thankless one, so when in 1996 every publishing house in Australia had rejected Matthew Reilly’s first novel, Contest, there was little reason to expect that his family-funded print run of 1000 copies would ever see the light of day again.
Now the author of 14 novels, with over 3.5 million copies sold in over 20 countries, Reilly is a sensation. He discusses his particular brand of adrenaline-fuelled action thrillers, the benefits of pure unadulterated escapism, and his new book Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves.
Matthew Reilly is the international bestselling author of nine novels: Ice Station, Temple, Contest, Area 7, Scarecrow, Hover Car Racer, Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors and Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves. His latest book is The Great Zoo of China.