24th - 26th August 2018
Power, Politics, Passion

Jane Rawson

Jane Rawson has written two novels - A wrong turn at the Office of Unmade Lists and From the wreck – and a novella, Formaldehyde. She is the co-author of The handbook: surviving and living with climate change. Her short fiction is in Sleepers, Overland, Tincture, Seizure, Griffith Review and Review of Australian Fiction. You can find her in Melbourne, or online at http://janebryonyrawson.wordpress.com


Canberra Writers Festival events 

Writing in the Age of Humans

Human beings are changing our environment on a global scale. How can writing help us imagine, and influence, our impact on the future?

Saturday 26th August 2017, 2:00pm. Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75


About the book

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. 

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 

Rawson’s clear, lyrical prose—with its deep undercurrent of empathy—creates a breathtaking and revelatory reading experience. From The Wreck borrows from science-fiction, history and magical realism, forming a whole that is utterly unique and distinctly Australian. This is a masterpiece.’ -- Bookseller & Publisher

From the Wreck is published by Transit Lounge.

Buy the book from the festival's bookshop partner Dymocks.



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