A mesmerising selkie novel from multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed Australian author, Margo Lanagan - one of the most exciting voices in speculative fiction.
A HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL NOVEL FROM THE WINNER OF FOUR WORLD FANTASY AWARDS.
'Why would I? People are uneasy enough with me - if I start bringing up sea-wives, they'll take against me good and proper.'
'It could be secret.'
On remote Rollrock Island, the sea-witch Misskaella discovers she can draw a girl from the heart of a seal. So, for a price, any man might buy himself a bride; an irresistibly enchanting sea-wife. But what cost will be borne by the people of Rollrock - the men, the women, the children - once Misskaella sets her heart on doing such a thing?
Margo Lanagan weaves an extraordinary tale of desire and revenge, of loyalty, heartache and human weakness, and of the unforeseen consequences of all-consuming love.
'Lanagan is in a class of her own.' The Weekend Australian
Winner, 2013 WA Premier's Book Awards - Young Adult
Winner, 2012 Aurealis Awards - Best Fantasy Novel
Winner, 2012 Aurealis Awards - Best Young Adult Novel (shared with Dead, Actually, Kaz Delaney)
Winner, 2013 CBCA Book of the Year Awards (Older Readers)
Winner, 2013 Independent Booksellers of Australia Awards - Best Children's & YA Book
Winner, 2013 Norma K Hemming Award
Highly Commended, Best Designed Young Adult Book - 2013 APA Book Design Awards
Shortlisted, 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Awards - Ethel Turner Prize (Young People's Literature)
Shortlisted, 2013 Stella Prize
Shortlisted, 2013 Ditmar Awards - Best Novel
Longlisted, 2013 UK CILIP Carnegie Medal (published in UK as The Brides of Rollrock Island)
Longlisted, 2012 Gold Inky for an Australian YA Book
Shortlisted, 2012 Queensland Literary Awards
Selected as one of US Publishers Weekly best books for 2012 (Children's Fiction)
Nominee, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2014
Margo Lanagan is an internationally acclaimed writer of novels and short stories. Her collections of short stories have garnered many awards, nominations and shortlistings. Black Juice was a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, won two World Fantasy Awards and the Victorian Premier's Award for Young Adult Fiction. Red Spikes won the CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, a Horn Book Fanfare title, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize and longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Her novel Tender Morsels won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and was a Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. Margo lives in Sydney.
She maintains a blog at www.amongamidwhile.blogspot.com and can be found on Twitter as @margolanagan.
Allen & Unwin
A & U Children
Young adult fiction