Andrew Croome

Author of Midnight Empire and Document Z

Canberra, Australia

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08 Mar 2014

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Space Invaders - New short fiction in Smith Journal

The newly released Smith Journal Volume 10 has a great collection of video-game inspired fiction.

James Franco, Adam Sternbergh, John Birmingham, Rick Bannister and me give dark and comic interpretations of old classics - Zelda, Donkey Kong, Leisure Suit Larry (oh, Sierra!), Mario Bros and Space Invaders.

Those were the days. Available from your local shop or on your digital device.

15 Jan 2014

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Review of Australian Fiction

I have a new story, Two Pound Rainbow, in the first issue of Review of Australian Fiction for 2014. The review is now entering its third year, and has established itself as a unique part of the Australian literary landscape, not least for its fantastic design. I’m pleased to be sharing the issue with fellow Canberran Nigel Featherstone, who I interviewed recently for Island Magazine.

You can read Two Pound Rainbow, which is about a lake and a shack, as well as Nigel’s story, In the Happy No-Time of His Sleeping, by grabbing the review or by subscribing.

18 Oct 2013

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Best Australian Science Writing

I’m excited that one of my pieces on Mt Stromlo is featured in Best Australian Science Writing 2013 from NewSouth Books. Edited by Jane McCredie and Natasha Mitchell, this year’s collection is introducted by Tim Minchin and features a long list of great scientists, writers, journalists, poets and commentators.

As NewSouth say, ‘Read this. Your brain will love you for it.’

Stay tuned for details of launch events in both Sydney and Melbourne soon.

03 Aug 2013

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Writing the Australian Landscape

I’m looking forward to attending the National Library’s Writing the Australian Landscape conference in August, where I’ll be chairing a panel with Geoff Page, Matthew Higgins and Paul Daley. Our topic will be ‘Imagining the Capital: Words about Canberra’.

The NLA’s conferences are great events - not least because the all the sessions occur in the same space, which keeps everyone on the same page and allows for some discussion and back-and-forth in and between the panels. If you’re in Canberra, definitely consider coming along.

Saturday and Sunday, 3 - 4 August, National Library of Australia, Canberra

17 May 2013

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Sydney Writers' Festival

I’m looking forward to heading to Sydney for the Sydney Writers’ Festival, where I’m appearing on a panel with John M. Green, Dawn Barker and Tom Wright entitled Fiction on the Edge of Reality. If you’ll be at the festival, please come along.

Friday 24th May 4pm - 5pm. Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay

14 Mar 2013

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You Are Here Festival

Thanks to Scissors Paper Pen I’ll be joining a panel at the You Are Here festival entitled ’We’re all in it together (in the same plague pit)’:

Profound work or a splash of words in a journal — Canberra is arguably a small pool when it comes to its artists. Does that oblige writers, musicians, painters and dancers to come together to create artistic strength and community, or are we better off believing it’s every artist for themselves, and the rest comes down to tidy PR and a keen audience? Is there a better, wiser, or other, option?

On the panel will be Shane Breynard (director of Canberra Museum and Gallery), writers Ryan Lindsay and Tara Cartland, as well as Scissors Paper Pen’s Duncan Felton.

Sunday 17 March, 1:30-3pm, Smiths Alternative Bookshop, 76 Alinga St, Canberra City.

04 Mar 2013

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Perspective on Mt Stromlo in Meanjin's Canberra Issue

I have a piece on the Mt Stromlo Observatory in Meanjin’s recently released Canberra Issue.

I was lucky enough to visit Mt Stromlo for a two-week residency as part of the National Year of Reading, with the help of Libraries ACT, and I wrote the piece during my time there.

In March, Meanjin visits Canberra in the city’s 100th year to take the pulse of our elusive, much-maligned Capital.

Gideon Haigh takes an in-depth look at a burgeoning Australian phenomenon—The Prime Minister’s Library, and how this American tradition of venerating past leaders is being adopted on our own shores. Lorin Clarke takes a holiday to Canberra and finds a city at a tipping point, where the old clichés ring hollower than ever before and Andrew Croome visits Mount Stromlo, remade and reinvigorated after it’s destruction in the tragic 2003 Canberra fires.

André Dao takes us behind the brutal façade of the High Court building into the struggle over how the law should be represented in bricks and mortar and Frank Bowden invites us into the infectious underbelly of Canberra’s clean streets and healthful citizenry. Drusilla Modjeska talks to Anne-Sophie Hermann about the particular opportunities and responsibilities that come with being a diplomat’s wife and Paul Daley delves into Canberra’s murky past and addresses that age-old question, what exactly does the word ‘Canberra’ mean, anyway? And in Meanjin Papers, David Headon takes us on a journey with Walter and Marion Griffin.

Marion Halligan remembers the first years of what was meant to be a brief affair with the city, Sonya Voumard remmebers the strange life of a journalist in the middle of the action, but far from home and Yolande Norris is tired of having the same old conversations about the place she loves.

There is fiction by Canberrans whose names you’ll know, like Dorothy Johnston and Alan Gould, alongside powerful new voices like Melanie Joosten. We present a vibrant collection of poetry from around the territory from John Foulcher, Elizabeth Lawson, Adrian Caesar and much, much more.

26 Feb 2013

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ABC Radio National 'The List'

With drones making their way into art and popular culture, I joined Jason Di Rosso and Cassie McCullagh for an episode of The List on ABC Radio National - featuring hip hop, games and other things.

12 Feb 2013

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Interview on the craft of writing with Verity La

Nigel Featherstone at Verity La has been generous enough to ask me a few questions about my writing and craft.

The interview is here and you can also subscribe to Verity La from their front page.

23 Jan 2013

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Perth Writers' Festival

I’m excited to be able to travel west for the Perth Writers Festival in February, where there’s a great line-up, including Margaret Atwood, China Miéville, Anna Funder and many others.


In the Dead of Night

Parker Bilal’s Dogstar Rising is an atmospheric mystery set in Cairo; Andrew Croome’s Midnight Empire is a powerful thriller based in Las Vegas; while The Midnight Promise by Zane Lovitt is an intriguing collection of mysteries peopled with colourful characters. Three rising stars of the crime genre discuss their noirish new novels.

The Devil is in the Details

From poker dens to emergency rooms, researching a novel can take you to strange and unusual places. Andrew Croome and Natasha Lester discuss the intriguing details they needed to perfect while writing their new novels.

Thrill Me

The gripping new thrillers by Andrew Croome, LA Larkin and Steve Worland will keep you up late at night. They talk about building and maintaining suspense in their new books.

13 Oct 2012

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Peter Pierce reviews Midnight Empire for The Age/SMH

Peter Pierce, editor of the Cambridge History of Australian Literature, has given Midnight Empire a great review in The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Here’s a little of what he said:

a nerve-racking narrative of betrayal and vengeance… Midnight Empire is the finest Australian thriller since David Francis’ Stray Dog Winter(2008). Take this book off the shelf (and pay for it) as soon as you can.

25 Sep 2012

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'Whose eyes are in the skies?' - article for ABC's The Drum

I’ve written a short article on drone technology and surveillance for The Drum.

25 Sep 2012

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Radio National Sunday Extra interview

It was great to be able to speak about Midnight Empire and drones with Jonathan Green for Radio National’s Sunday Extra program.

The audio can be found here.

21 Sep 2012

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Lowy Institute drones event video - watch now

On 19 September, the Lowy Institute hosted a panel, ‘THE DRONES ARE COMING: BORDER PROTECTION, PRIVACY, WAR AND MORALITY IN THE REMOTE-CONTROL AGE’, featuring ABC Foreign Correspondent Mark Corcoran, The Interpreter editor and blogger Sam Roggeveen and myself.

Video highlights are available at, including Sam speaking to Mark and myself, and the full event, in which Mark recounts his experience commandeering a drone to use as an ABC camera platform.

15 Sep 2012

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Canberra Times profile by Nigel Featherstone

Nigel Featherstone has kindly posted online his profile of myself, as published in the Canberra Times a few weekends ago.

Nigel is the founder and editor of Verity La, author of Fall On Me and Remnants and many short stories as well as the forthcoming novella I’m Ready Now, and it was great to be able to chat with him about Midnight Empire.

You can read the profile here, and browse Nigel’s blog here.

06 Sep 2012

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'The Drones are coming' - Lowy Institute event

Wondering what to think about when you think about drones?

Join the ABC’s Mark Corcoran, editor of The Interpreter Sam Roggeveen, and myself for a discussion of all things drones at the Lowy Institute on Wednesday 19th of September.


19 September 2012 - 10:45am to 12:00pm

Full details and bookings here.

If you’ve not seen it, Mark Corcoran’s ‘Rise of the Machines’ report for Foreign Correspondent is chilling, fascinating and a must-watch.

06 Sep 2012

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In Conversation with Tony Birch - Readings Carlton 2012

Andrew Croome, winner of the 2008 Australian/Vogel Literary Award, is back with his latest novel Midnight Empire – set in the heady world of Las Vegas where all that glitters is not gold.

Andrew will be in conversation with Melbourne’s very own Miles Franklin-shortlisted Tony Birch, author of Blood, Father’s Day and Shadowboxing.

Readings Carlton 6.30 pm Monday 24 September 2012

25 Aug 2012

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Don Anderson reviews Midnight Empire in the Australian

Don Anderson has reviewed Midnight Empire in the Australian.

If you’re a subscriber, you can read it here. If not, here’s some of what Anderson had to say:

Croome’s new novel, Midnight Empire, represents a quantum leap from Document Z.

Croome has been compared with more than one distinguished writer of contemporary political and espionage thrillers, and that comparison seems just if limiting. On the evidence of this novel he deserves comparison with no lesser figure than Don DeLillo.

Midnight Empire has all the satisfactions of a skilfully plotted detective fiction, while being something much more.

It is a fresh and a singular achievement.

13 Aug 2012

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Midnight Empire launch, Canberra - Electric Shadows - 6 September 2012

Midnight Empire will be launched in Canberra at Electric Shadows on Thursday the 6th of September 2012.

All welcome!

Event details:

You are invited to help celebrate the launch of:

Midnight Empire

by Andrew Croome

To be launched by Kathryn Favelle 6 pm Thursday, 6 September 2012 Electric Shadows Bookshop Shop 2, 40 Mort St Braddon ACT 2612

If you’re able, please RSVP to Electric Shadows: Phone: (02) 6248 8352 Email:

13 Aug 2012

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Midnight Empire available September 1st 2012

Midnight Empire

available 1st September 2012

Andrew Croome’s new novel Midnight Empire will be available from September, published by Allen & Unwin.

Join us for a launch in Canberra or Albury.

Read more or sign up for updates.

About Midnight Empire

Las Vegas, Nevada. Young Australian computer programmer Daniel Carter has arrived at the heart of the American war machine – the drone program at Creech Air Force Base, Indian Springs.Naive, untested, but keen to make a difference, he is plunged headlong into America’s surreal battle against its enemies in the Middle East – a battle fought at a distance of 7,000 miles from a city where nothing is real.As geographic and political boundaries blur, Daniel enters into an unlikely romance with a professional poker player, Ania. But when the hunt for an Al Qaeda master-mind ramps up in the skies over Peshawar, and American pilots begin to die in the suburbs of Las Vegas, events take a devastating turn.A novel of a new kind of war, of love and connection in the modern age, Midnight Empire is a powerful thriller that takes us to the troubling epicentre of a foreshortening world. It is a taut and at times terrifying vision of a world without frontiers, a novel about dangerous new realities and how they threaten to transform us.

13 Aug 2012

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Review of Nicholas Hasluck’s Dismissal


I’ve reviewed Nicholas Hasluck’s latest novel _Dismissal_ in The Australian.

13 Aug 2012

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Review of Mark Aarons’ The Family File

I’ve reviewed Mark Aarons’ The Family File in The Australian.

13 Aug 2012

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Albury Literary Luncheon hosted by Dymocks - 4 September 2012

Literary Luncheon

Australian/Vogel’s Award winner Andrew Croome (Author of “Document Z”)

In conversation about his latest novel -

Midnight Empire

Manhattans Restaurant, 550 Kiewa St. Albury Tuesday 4 September at 12.30pm

Cost: $25 per person for Lunch Complimentary Glass of Champagne/Wine

Tickets available from Dymocks Booksellers Dean Street, Albury Phone 02 6041 1805

13 Aug 2012

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Albury launch of Midnight Empire - 7 September 2012

Midnight Empire will be launched in Albury as part of the Write Around the Murray Festival.

Event details:

5 pm - 6pm, Friday 7th of September LibraryMuseum Corner of Kiewa and Swift Streets, Albury

To be launched by Pamela Wallace

All welcome!

The book is being launched alongside Robyne Young’s The Only Constant and Dorothy Gilding’s Letters from the Front. You can read the festival’s full program here.