With the impact of seminal novels like Hanya Yanigahara’s A Little Life, Alice Sebold’s
The Lovely Bones and Andrew O’Hagan’s Be
Near Me, Infinite Splendours is a stunning
achievement from one of our most original,
acclaimed and bestselling writers.
Lawrence is a bright, kind and talented tenyear-old boy when he is groomed and raped by
his damaged uncle. The act severs Lawrence
from himself and the world. He cannot move
forward, can no longer participate at home or
in the classroom. His most intense and spiritual relationship is with the mountain that looms
over his house, Mount Wallis, in the Southern
Grampian Mountains of Victoria.
When Lawrence reaches early adulthood, he starts a friendship with the son of one of his
workmates and connects with the boy he once was. At the heart of Lawrence’s desires is
the longing to be made whole. But after he is savagely beaten by the boy’s father, Lawrence decides to retreat from the world. He goes back to Mount Wallis, and lives as a
hermit for the next thirty years.
When a single mother moves into the abandoned farm next door to Lawrence with her
teenage daughter and ten-year-old son, his isolation is shattered. Her boy David is often
left alone at home, and he and Lawrence begin a friendship. The sense of tension and foreboding is almost unbearable as we witness the boy’s growing interest in Lawrence and the
older man’s blossoming at the chance of the tenderness he has been denied his whole life.
Praise for Sofie Laguna:
‘Laguna creates a world and a character and a language that we become immersed within. This is
humane, passionate, true.’ – Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap and Damascus