Mat Larkin is full of it.

I mean, he says he’s a writer of exciting middle-grade adventure stories, but anyone could say that. He’s been overheard telling people he crafts tales where the not-quite-ordinary meets the nearly-impossible, but if that’s true, what wouldn’t he make up?

Did he really write for the Zac Power series? Does he currently work as a mental health writer? Is this entire biography part of his cunning web of fiction? It seems likely.

No one with half a brain in their head believes he lives in Melbourne with an incredible wife and an improbable son.

I’ll give him this, though: The Orchard Underground is his first novel.

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