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Control the brain
&
you control the world …

 

A pandemic is racing through our world, changing people subtly but irrevocably. The first sign for some is losing their faith. For others it comes as violent outpourings of creativity, reckless driving and seeing visions.

Scientist Charlotte Zinn is close to a cure when her partner becomes infected. Overnight her understanding of the disease is turned upside down. Should she change the path of evolution?

As Australia is torn apart, journalist Brigid Bayliss is determined to uncover the dark truth behind the religious response to the outbreak.

Brigid and Charlotte find themselves on the frontline of a world splintering into far left and far right, with unexpected power to change the course of history. But at what cost?

Dark, thrilling and compulsively readable, The Second Cure is a provocative debut novel about control, courage and belief.

 

Breaking news! Brilliant Careers: Engendered Masterclass

I have been selected to participate in Screen Australia and Bunya Productions’ four-day intensive genre masterclass, to workshop The Second Cure as a six-hour miniseries. It’s an honour and so exciting. The residential masterclass will be taught by internationally renowned US writer/producer Raelle Tucker and Canadian director Jeremy Podeswa, who between them have worked on some of the finest television of the last decades (Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, True Detective, The Newsroom, True Blood, Homeland, The Borgias, The Tudors, Dexter, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Supernatural, True Blood, Jessica Jones...)

Screen Australia writes in its media release:

The Masterclass was financed as part of the $1.882 million in Brilliant Careers funding dispersed to 13 organisations to deliver business and skills-growth opportunities for Australian female creators.

Greer Simpkin is a Producer and the Head of Television at Bunya Productions and is running the Engendered program. Bunya Productions have just come off an incredible year where they managed to take out both the Best Film (Sweet Country) and the Best Drama Series (Mystery Road) at the AACTA Awards, in addition to a swathe of international accolades and sales for both titles.

“Genre is what is really cutting through on TV at the moment, so the Engendered Masterclass funded by Screen Australia represents a tremendous opportunity for female creators,” said Greer Simpkin. “Jeremy and Raelle are masters of delivering premium genre, and furthermore when you think of the likes of The Handmaid’s Tale and Sacred Lies, they have made dramas that have proven the creative and commercial worth of female-led storytelling.”

I’m also currently in negotiations with a production company to develop the miniseries. More on that soon!

Critical praise for The Second Cure ...

A novel for our times... It generated such a sense of unease within me, how familiar some of the themes seem when considered within the context of today’s society. This novel is nothing short of brilliant. -- Theresa Smith

It’s almost impossible to fault this book. Morgan’s biomedicine-inspired extrapolation is enthralling, her characterisation is muscular and moving; she plays dramatic tension like an instrument. And onto a contemporary Australian setting she throws a varicoloured patchwork of social commentary, political commentary, geopolitical speculation and gradual technological advancement that feels tangible, in some ways almost inevitable. Above all, it’s character-driven hard science fiction that’s perfectly accessible, yet doesn’t compromise, anywhere, on the science. I’m deeply impressed.  
 -- Simon Petrie

 Margaret Morgan’s well-researched, intelligent and engaging thriller uses present dilemmas to pose fundamental questions about what it means to be human.    -- The Australian

The world’s cats are all dying and people are starting to exhibit strange symptoms… This hypnotic debut novel brilliantly captures the unease of our times. -- Jane Caro 

I loved this book. Reading it was like having the kind of vivid dream where you go through the following days unsure about what has happened in real life. The description, action and dialogue are whip-smart and the characterisation and themes add a literary dimension. -- Aislinne Batstone  

If you like your science fiction extra sciency, contemporary and pandemic-infused, featuring a cast of engaging characters including all-too-plausible politico-religious whackjobs then this one is for you. I’m tipping this novel for an Aurealis Award. -- Cat Sparks

 

The Second Cure is published by
Penguin Random House Australia.

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