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Salt Creek

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Salt Creek

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781743533192
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pub Date: 01/08/2015
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
  • Imprint: Picador Australia
  • Pages: 416
  • Price: $29.99

SHORTLISTED FOR THE MILES FRANKLIN AWARD 2016

From the winner of the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Pacific Region) and the 2013 Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award

"Salt Creek introduces a capacious talent" The Australian

Some things collapse slow, and cannot always be rebuilt, and even if a thing can be remade it will never be as it was.

Salt Creek, 1855, lies at the far reaches of the remote, beautiful and inhospitable coastal region, the Coorong, in the new province of South Australia. The area, just opened to graziers willing to chance their luck, becomes home to Stanton Finch and his large family, including fifteen-year-old Hester Finch.

Once wealthy political activists, the Finch family has fallen on hard times. Cut adrift from the polite society they were raised to be part of, Hester and her siblings make connections where they can: with the few travellers that pass along the nearby stock route - among them a young artist, Charles - and the Ngarrindjeri people they have dispossessed. Over the years that pass, and Aboriginal boy, Tully, at first a friend, becomes part of the family.

Stanton's attempts to tame the harsh landscape bring ruin to the Ngarrindjeri people's homes and livelihoods, and unleash a chain of events that will tear the family asunder. As Hester witnesses the destruction of the Ngarrindjeri's subtle culture and the ideals that her family once held so close, she begins to wonder what civilization is. Was it for this life and this world that she was educated?

PRAISE FOR SALT CREEK

"this fine, accomplished novel is a respectful and unobtrusively beautiful homage to the Ngarrindjeri people" Sydney Morning Herald

"... written with a profound respect for history: with an understanding that beyond a certain point, the past and its people are unknowable." Sydney Morning Herald

Awards

Winner for Dobbie Literary Award 2016Winner for Dobbie Literary Award 2016.

Short-listed for Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2016Short-listed for Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2016.

Winner for Matt Richell Award for New Writer 2016 2016Winner for Matt Richell Award for New Writer 2016 2016.

Short-listed for The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2016Short-listed for The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2016.

Winner for Indie Awards Debut Fiction 2016 2016Winner for Indie Awards Debut Fiction 2016 2016.

Short-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2016Short-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2016.

Author Information

Lucy Treloar was born in Malaysia and educated in England, Sweden and Melbourne. She is the author of the novel Salt Creek (2015), which won the Indie Award for Best Debut, the ABIA Matt Richell Award and the Dobbie Award, and was shortlisted for prizes including the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the UK's Walter Scott Prize. Its international release is planned for 2017. Previously, Lucy won the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Pacific Region) and the 2013 Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award.

Lucy's short fiction has been published in Sleepers, Overland, Seizure and Best Australian Stories, and her non-fiction in newspapers and magazines including The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, and Womankind.

A graduate of the University of Melbourne and RMIT, Lucy works as a writer and editor, and plies her trades in Australia as well as Cambodia, where she lived for a number of years. In between writing, Lucy finds the time to teach creative writing at RMIT and Writers Victoria. She lives in inner Melbourne with her family.

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AUTHOR EVENTS

28 May 2017

Join Salt Creek author Lucy Treloar and fellow author Kate Mildenhall for an intimate lunch at Little Feast and hear them talk about their new novels. Bookings are essential.

1:00 PM

Little Feast
85 Great Ocean Rd Aireys Inlet VIC 3231

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