How to Shame the Devil

Author(s): Ros Thomas

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Her silence did not mean yes.

Art Lambkin, newly confined to a nursing home, is terrified of being erased from the outside world. Determined to remain relevant, he engages in a correspondent’s war on the Letters Page of his daily newspaper, pitting his acerbic wit against a rogue gallery of bigots, windbags and egomaniacs. But when a woman surfaces from Art’s long-ago past, he soon becomes the villain in a scandal that threatens to destroy everything—and everyone—he knows


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Ros Thomas’s writing is startlingly funny, revealing and profoundly genuine –

she has the full writer’s arsenal.’

—Robert Drewe

‘Clever, entertaining, beautifully crafted, disturbing and full of humanity. An original take on the #MeToo phenomenon, with the wonderful Ros Thomas at her most witty and compelling.’

—Will Yeoman, The West Australian

‘Ros Thomas writes with stylistic flair, a deft sense of humour, a vivid sense of time and place, and a generous, compassionate heart.’

Susan Midaliaauthor 

Ros Thomas grew up in Perth.  After graduating from the University of Western Australia with an Arts Degree in Literature and Psychology she began a cadetship in radio news, moving into television the following year. After a twenty-year career in national and international current affairs, Ros became a long-running weekend columnist for The West Australian Newspaper with a devoted readership of 850,000 each week.  


A collection of her whimsical writing, Was It Something I Said? was a UWA Publishing best-seller in 2014. Ros’s short stories have won international prizes. Her award-winning black comedy Iron was published in the UK collection All Those Things You Never Thought Mattered. Her flash fiction has also won awards and been published in the 2021 collection Twice Not Shy, published by Night Parrot Press.


Since 2018, Ros has been writing her first novella, How To Shame The Devil, the story of an old man caught up in a #MeToo scandal from his past. In 2020, the manuscript of How To Shame The Devil was awarded an inaugural Writer-In-Residence Fellowship by the National Trust of Western Australia.


Outside of writing, she’s an ambassador for Alzheimer's WA, the Deputy Chair for Carers Advisory Council, has a piece of paper somewhere that says Arts Degree in Literature and Psychology, and lives with her three children and husband, who affectionately calls her ‘The Minister of War.’ But you can call her Ros.

General Fields

  • : 9780648706328
  • : Night Parrot Press
  • : Night Parrot Press
  • : November 2021
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ros Thomas
  • : Paperback