Limberlost Limberlost


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Publisher Description

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.

The third novel by the award-winning author of Flames and The Rain HeronLimberlost is an extraordinary chronicle of life and land: of carnage and kindness, blood ties and love.

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.

‘A strange and joyous marvel.’ Richard Flanagan on Flames

‘Delightful. He jumps playfully between different writing styles in every chapter…[An] enchanting story that also captures something very real about Tasmanian life.’ Guardian on Flames

‘Unsettling…Arnott writes vibrantly about the harsh wonder of nature, his vivid characters becoming almost animal themselves.’ Observer on The Rain Heron

‘Arnott’s eco-fable, set in a politically broken near future, explores the constant push-pull that exists between our capacity for enchantment and our need to exploit what we find…It’s sad and satisfying.’ The Times on The Rain Heron

Fiction & Literature
5 October
The Text Publishing Company
Text Publishing

Customer Reviews

Eila JA ,

Growing up on an apple orchard

A story of a boys last summer as a child. And more as the tale twists and turns giving glimpses of him as an adult until finally we see the whole picture. Great.

Loulou1760 ,

A very slow read

I so wanted to love this book with its beautifully written account of Tasmania around WW2. Robbie Arnott writes in such a vivid way that one can see the land, river, orchard, the rabbits, quoll, whale and the beautiful Huon Pine boat but the story was written in such a slow way that I struggled to remain interested.
Another plus, was that the book was very short, with chapters skipping great swaths of time to finish the story but the downside of this, is having not enough time to develop several main characters which incidentally seem to be the women in the story; his sister, girlfriend/wife and the vet. The author seems to have really concentrated on Ned and his life from the time when he was capturing rabbits to buy a boat and how the decisions he made in that summer of his life impacted the rest of his life.
This coming of age book, although beautifully written, failed to capture my interest.

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