Burnet researcher publishes first novel

Burnet Institute

06 March, 2012

Professor Robert Power with his newly launched novel In Search of the Blue Tiger.

HIV prevention expert, artist and marathon runner, Burnet’s Principal for Harm Reduction, Professor Robert Power can now add published fiction author onto that list.

Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, Professor Power’s novel In Search of the Blue Tiger was officially launched last week in front of a crowd of nearly 100 people.

“Creative writing provides a nice balance to the day job and it sure is exciting to see In Search of the Blue Tiger out there and in the shops,” Professor Power said.

The book is about 11-year-old Oscar Flowers on a quest to make sense of the strange world of adults that surrounds him in the seaside town of Tidetown.

The bizarre behaviour of his parents and great aunt compels him to search for the mythical blue tiger, a powerful and beautiful animal that will save his family from themselves.

“I have a second novel that is done and dusted, due to be published in 2013. It’s a medical thriller drawing loosely on my 27 years in HIV prevention,” Professor Power said.

“It’s based around a scientist who solves the holy grail of the one-use needle and syringe. It’s full of intrigue, drugs trafficking, international terrorism, peppered with corruption and painful personal dilemmas.”

In Search of the Blue Tiger by Robert Power is available in all good bookshops and online from

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