BOOKS

Flames

Robbie Arnott

RRP: £12.99

1 November 2018

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786496263

RRP: £8.99

1 November 2018

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781786496270

“A strange and joyous marvel” Richard Flanagan, Man Booker-winning author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North

It starts with a fisherman hunting for tuna, his sidekick a young seal as fast as quicksilver, a relationship forged in blood and fishmeat, but broken by the black heft of the sea; then a young man whose mother burned up outside, the scorch marks still on the grass, who fears the same fate for his sister so builds her a coffin, even though she’s still breathing and very much alive; a water rat swimming upriver, a god in his element until he finds that some gods are more powerful than others; a flock of cormorants, pecking out the eyes of the slow-witted wombats on a local farm, and the sad old man who swears bloody vengeance; and more, and more, until it ends with a fisherman, who used to hunt for tuna, with a seal for a sidekick, as fast as quicksilver…

SHORTLISTED FOR THE READINGS PRIZE FOR NEW AUSTRALIAN FICTION