Where Troppo is particularly sharp ... is in its abstract yet precise evocations of the sensory overload of Indonesia and in its dense, poetic riffs on the almost narcotic pull of chasing waves.
— Daniel Herborn, The Australian
... as a young Perth surfer, Penny is drawn further into the unpredictable Australian’s dark heart, [and] the racial and political tensions are ratcheted up to the nth degree, resulting in an explosive climax that will leave you breathless.
— Will Yeoman, The West Australian
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In Indonesia, Penny's drifting, partying, hanging out - a thousand miles away from claustrophobic Perth and her career-minded boyfriend. But things take a dangerous turn when she goes to work at Shane's Sumatran Oasis. 

Caught up in the hostility directed at Shane, and flirting and surfing with the hell-man Matt, Penny soon finds herself swept into a world where two very different cultures collide. 


Madelaine Dickie has worked as a rollerblading and skateboarding instructor, a radio producer, a disability support officer, and has managed the media and communications for an Aboriginal organisation in the Kimberley, WA. Work means travel—travel means surfing!

Madelaine’s scored empty point breaks in Mozambique, got crook with malaria in Indonesia, crashed a rental car racing to the surf in Spain and has been bewitched by welwitschia in Namibia. It’s always easier to write when you’re on the road. In 2011, Madelaine received a Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award to move to West Java, Indonesia, and complete her first novel Troppo. In 2014, Troppo won the City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award and in 2018 it was shortlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award and the Barbara Jefferis Award.