Novel explores sadism and sexual deviance

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Journalist Brigid Delaney worked as a tutor at the University of Sydney’s St John’s College, which gained notoriety in 2012 for a drinking stunt that left a young female “fresher” in hospital.

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Her new novel, Wild Things, is loosely based on those events.

But this work of fiction ventures further into sadism and sexual deviance.

At the college in 2001, Delaney was struck by the imposing beauty of the college’s prestigious grounds and its alpha-male culture of sexual objectification.

Writing about the experience in a newspaper after the notorious O-Week fresher incident, she recalled the way she was hissed at by 200 students in the dining hall and how she attended a toga party where guests ended up naked and drunk.

She also described how she found herself lost in an undefined space between academic and student.

Set in Australia, the fictional St Anton’s college of Wild Things bears a strong resemblance to St John’s.

The protagonists are the school’s `old boys’, part of a cricket team who inflict near-fatal abuse on a first-year Malaysian student, Alfred.

What follows is a pact of secrecy that eats away at friendships and haunts each person involved.

It all occurs under the watchful eye of the college’s Master, a human public relations machine who is complicit in the cover-up.

There are flat points, but Delaney develops her characters well to paint a tangle of social, religious and sexual confusion, depression, and a crippling yearning to fit in.

It all swirls inside the walls of a first-world institution ruled by wealth, anarchy and mob-rule.

* Wild Things by Brigid Delaney is published by HarperCollins, rrp $29.99

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