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Ben Hobson

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Ben Hobson lives in Brisbane and is entirely keen on his wife, Lena, and their two small boys, Charlie and Henry. He also has a superb pooch named Lincoln, which Charlie forced him to write about in his biography. He currently teaches English and Music at a Queensland High School, and has a keen interest in philosophy, theology, writing and reading.

Born in Gippsland, Victoria, Ben grew up surrounded by the sights and smells of the country. His early interest in creativity saw him pursue music both academically and artistically, graduating from QUT in 2011 with a degree, and travelling the country with Sounds Like Chicken, a ska/rock/hardcore hybrid.

In 2014 his novella, If the Saddle Breaks My Spine, was shortlisted for the Viva
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Ben Hobson I guess I kind've just force myself to write terribly for a while until it improves. I have very little time to spare writing every day, so when I eke…moreI guess I kind've just force myself to write terribly for a while until it improves. I have very little time to spare writing every day, so when I eke out a moment within which to write, it's go time! I type as fast as I can and don't look back until I'm editing.(less)
Ben Hobson The idea for To Become a Whale came from a very simple premise: a father and son, on the beach, building a home together. I wanted to explore what it…moreThe idea for To Become a Whale came from a very simple premise: a father and son, on the beach, building a home together. I wanted to explore what it means to be a father, and how, as a son, we can often misunderstand our fathers, who are really just men. The journey to the whaling station came later, but was a very welcome, interesting addition!(less)
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To Become a Whale

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Snake Island Reviews

Snake Island has entered the world, and what a reception! Reviews have been very kind and most people have really responded to the strange, bleak, violent world of Vernon and company. It’s a joy still to read all of the responses. Thank you so much if you’ve written to me about the novel. It never gets old. Here are a few quotes from reviews I’ve loved…


“There is such a weight to the narrative, such a sense of im...loved…


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"3.5. I wasn't sure about this one going in, I thought it may be too gritty for me. Though there were parts that had me cringing, I found myself immersed in the story and raced through it in a day. I'd be interested in reading more from this author..."
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Bloody hell. I don't know how Flanagan writes his novels. I marvel at it. I found the start of this novel a bit hard going - a bit slow, meandering (beautiful, but dense), and I wondered as to its ultimate purpose. But he always does this, and then i ...more
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"Most writers find themselves inevitably drawn back to similar themes in their work. They might tell completely different stories but with the same questions and curiosities at their heart. For Ben Hobson, that magnetic pull is to explore masculini..." Read more of this review »
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This book left me speechless. It is absolutely incredible how Christos has woven in such compassion, history, and thought, into a narrative most people will assume they already know. Christianity is represented as the true revolutionary ideology it w ...more
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Gripping read. Fascinating characters. Hobson showed real talent in unveiling the complexities of people. Loved Sidney but ultimately felt something for all of them. Except Judah.

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Bloody fantastic. Chris spends a great deal of time investing in character - so much so the churning plot feels all the more tense. Other authors might rush through character stuff to get to the plot but Chris doesn’t - he knows the more we care abou ...more
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