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Publisher's Summary

What is it like to survive a crash that kills your best friends, and how do you move on? From an exceptional debut author comes a stunning memoir about grief, perseverance and courage.

At 17, Lech Blaine walked away unscratched from a car crash that killed three of his friends and left two in comas.

On a May night in 2009, seven boys in Toowoomba, Queensland, piled into a car. They never arrived at their destination. The driver made a routine error, leading to a head-on collision. In the aftermath, rumours about speed and drink-driving erupted. There was intense scrutiny from the media and police. Lech used alcohol to numb his grief and social media to show stoicism, while secretly spiralling towards depression and disgrace.

This is a riveting account of family, friendship, grief and love after tragedy. In a country where class and sport dominate, and car crashes compete with floods and pandemics for headlines, our connection with others is what propels us on. Heartbreaking and darkly hilarious, Car Crash is a story for our times.

©2021 Lech Blaine (P)2021 Recorded by arrangement with Black Inc. (P) Bolinda Publishing

Critic Reviews

"Scarifying and unforgettable...." (Tim Winton)

"A heart-soaring act of literary bravery where the ongoing cost of experience is exposed in every note-perfect sentence...." (Trent Dalton, author of Boy Swallows Universe

"Blaine’s journalism has long made me suspect he’s one of the best writers of his generation. Car Crash confirms it, without a doubt." (Benjamin Law) 

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Powerful read

Thank you for having the bravery to write this amazing book. Brilliant book. Eye opening to survivor guilt.

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bloody good

loved it start to finish. emotional story that has some great life lessons :)

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Absolutley blown away! Had to keep realising this was no fairytail and it actually happened to people I know as I also went to Downlands with the boys, RIP

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Great Book!

Found this book to be really interesting and engaging! Enjoyed listening from start to finish!

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