A thought-provoking fantasy novel offering a highly imaginative perspective on Jesus, betrayal and death has won the 2008 ABC Fiction Award.
The winner of this year’s ABC Fiction Award is Adelaide-based high-school teacher Kain Massin. His novel God for the Killing follows the story of heroine Judith, who was snatched from Nazareth as a child and trained as an assassin by the Romans. Judith finds herself in Judaea 30 AD. charged with a mission to kill the new Messiah, whom she soon learns is actually Joshua, her childhood sweetheart.
Beating 400 entries, God for the Killing was selected by four judges who unanimously agreed upon God for the Killing as the winning entrant for 2008. The judges this year were Lindy Burns, Luke Davies, Murray Waldren and Jo Mackay.
God for the Killing will be published later in 2008 by ABC Books and Kain will receive his cheque for $10,000 and the Award from Mark Scott, ABC Managing Director, at a function in Sydney on Tuesday 22 April.
(Source: ABC Media Release)