The Performance


The Performance is out now with Hachette (Australia/New Zealand), Weidenfeld & Nicolson (UK) and Riverhead Books (North America). It is also available in Spanish from Alba Editorial, French from Gallimard, and German from Hanser Verlag

Readers in Australia or New Zealand – you can purchase The Performance here or here.

Readers in the UK – you can purchase The Performance here or here

Readers in North America – you can purchase The Performance here or here.

Information for book clubs interested in discussing The Performance is available here.


As bushfires rage outside the city, three women watch a performance of a Beckett play.

Margot is a successful professor, preoccupied by her fraught relationship with her ailing husband. Ivy is is a philanthropist with a troubled past, distracted by the snoring man beside her. Summer is a young theatre usher, anxious about the safety of her girlfriend in the fire zone.

As the performance unfolds, so does each woman’s story. By the time the curtain falls, they will all have a new understanding of the world beyond the stage.