Where the Line Breaks

Where the Line Breaks is a beautiful, ambitious novel, and while it takes a big risk stylistically, the disparate parts of the book are handled with great skill.
The result is an instant classic, and a perfect read for those interested in World War One.”

Emily Paul, The AU Review

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“An ambitious and original novel – a literary puzzle, an engrossing war story and a captivating tale of love and obsession.”

Ryan O’Neill, author of Their Brilliant Careers and The Drover’s Wives: 101 Re-Tellings of a Classic Short Story

Where The Line Breaks was published in April 2021 by Fremantle Press in Australia and New Zealand, and is available from July in the rest of the world. My debut novel, Where The Line Breaks was one of three novels shortlisted for the $20,000 Fogarty Literary Award 2019, as well as being longlisted (as ‘Behind the Lines‘) for the Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award 2018.

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I wrote the first draft of Behind the Lines, as it was then called, as part of the Literary Novels MA at City University London, graduating in 2017 with a distinction. The first 5,000 words were published by City University in mid-November 2017 as part of the City Novels 2017 Anthology.

In 2018 the novel was long-listed for the Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award. After almost a year of editing and rewriting, the manuscript was shortlisted for the inaugural Fogarty Literary Award. Incredibly, all three shortlisted novels were offered publication by Fremantle Press at the award ceremony. I’m super excited to be published by an independent publisher I have looked up to all my life and grew up reading.

From the Fremantle Press website:

Where The Line Breaks – Michael Burrows
A young Australian in London is writing his PhD on The Unknown Digger, an extraordinary poet of the First World War whose poems rival those of Brooke, Sassoon and Owen. In alternate chapters, Alan Lewis, war hero in the making, is experiencing life on the front, and a gradually disappearing vision of the life he has left behind. Meanwhile, in the footnotes, the scholar Matt is experiencing the challenges of academia and a new love affair.

This multilayered novel is rich in detail, and rich in irony as the scholar Matt compares his travails with those of the soldier Alan Lewis; and the war hero himself reveals for the reader the vast gulf between myth-making and actual lived experience in impossible circumstances.


If you’re interested, click on the pages below to follow my path to publication, read reviews, and see mentions of Where the Line Breaks in the press.


Press and publicity posts for Where the Line Breaks, including interviews, Q&A’s, events and guest blogs. Radio Interview with RTRFM TikTok Boom Show Radio Interview with ABC Radio Guest Blog – November 2021 Fremantle Press Podcast – 2019 Guest Blog – February 2021 Guest Blog – March 2021 Q&A – Talking (New) Fiction Q&A with… Continue reading Press

Path to Publication

A series of posts all about the path I took in writing my debut novel Where the Line Breaks, from first inspirations and early sketches and drafts, through to publication. Where the Line Breaks Cover Reveal (published 18/11/2020) The Path to Publication: The Digger (Apologies to Rupert Brooke) (published 15/1/2021) Where the Line Breaks Introduction… Continue reading Path to Publication


Reviews Where the Line Breaks has been reviewed in a number of Australian literary magazines and websites. It has been wonderful to see people really connect with the book and enjoy the different storylines. This page is updated with new reviews regularly. Click the pictures to read the full reviews.