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Limberlost

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

In the heat of a long summer Ned hunts rabbits in a river valley, hoping the pelts will earn him enough money to buy a small boat. His two brothers are away at war, their whereabouts unknown. His father and older sister struggle to hold things together on the family orchard, Limberlost. Desperate to ignore it all—to avoid the future rushing towards him—Ned dreams of open water. As his story unfolds over the following decades, we see how Ned’s choices that summer come to shape the course of his life, the fate of his family and the future of the valley, with its seasons of death and rebirth.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Robbie
Arnott

Robbie Arnott’s acclaimed debut, Flames (2018), won a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist award and a Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prize, and was shortlisted for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, a New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award, a Queensland Literary Award, the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and the Not the Booker Prize. His follow-up, The Rain Heron (2020), won the Age Book of the Year award, and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the ALS Gold Medal, the Voss Literary Prize and an Adelaide Festival Award. He lives in Hobart.

 

Robbie Arnott’s acclaimed debut, Flames (2018), won a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist award and a Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prize, and was shortlisted for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, a New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award, a Queensland Literary Award, the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and the Not the Booker Prize. His follow-up, The Rain Heron (2020), won the Age Book of the Year award, and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the ALS Gold Medal, the Voss Literary Prize and an Adelaide Festival Award. He lives in Hobart.

 

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

Limberlost is remembrance: of childhood and manhood; of land both lost and gained. It crafts a boy’s adolescence of hopeful imagining countered by the inevitable truth of duty and loss. (Libraries Tasmania).

In the heat of a long summer Ned hunts rabbits in a river valley, hoping the pelts will earn him enough money to buy a small boat. Limberlost has won or been recognised in the following Australian and international awards:

Winner, Fiction, Age Book of the Year, 2023
Winner, Adult Fiction Book of the Year, BookPeople Book of the Year Awards, 2023
Shortlisted, Miles Franklin Literary Award, 2023
Shortlisted, Literary Fiction Book of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards, 2023
Shortlisted, Fiction, Indie Book Awards, 2023
Shortlisted, Dylan Thomas Prize, United Kingdom, 2023
Shortlisted, ALS Gold Medal, 2023
Commended, Fiction, Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, 2023
Longlisted, Fiction, Booktopia Favourite Australian Book Award, 2022

(State Library of NSW)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
05/10/2022
Country
Australia
Original Language
English
Author
Publisher
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