From the Wreck

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Transit Lounge Publishing, 2017 - Fiction - 267 pages

'It's hard to find the right words to praise this novel. I think we need a whole new critical vocabulary to be invented. Rawson recreates a vanished historical world with utterly convincing characters as well as inhabits the mind of a cephalopod alien and make us feel, in both cases, yes, that's exactly how it is. Jane Rawson's writing is mysterious, chilling and tender. The book is a sort of miracle.' Lian Hearn

From the Wreck tells the remarkable story of George Hills, who survived the sinking of the steamship Admella off the South Australian coast in 1859. Haunted by his memories and the disappearance of a fellow survivor, George's fractured life is intertwined with that of a woman from another dimension, seeking refuge on Earth. This is a novel imbued with beauty and feeling, filled both with existential loneliness and a deep awareness that all life is interdependent.

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About the author (2017)

Jane Rawson grew up in Canberra. She spent years as a travel editor and writer, mostly for Lonely Planet. She is a former editor of the environment and energy section of The Conversation, an independent news website. Her novel A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists, won the Most Underrated Book Award in 2014. Her other works include Formaldehyde and The Handbook: Surviving and Living with Climate Change. She won the 2017 Aurealis Award for the best Australian science-fiction novel, with her book, From the Wreck. In 2018, she was one of the winners of the 2018 Woollahra Digital Literary Awards for writing that was first published online or electronically.

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