Sea Hearts

Margo Lanagan
AUD $19.99

A mesmerising selkie novel from multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed Australian author, Margo Lanagan - one of the most exciting voices in speculative fiction.

WINNER: CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers, 2013


'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.'

'Could it?'

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

Author bio:

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 and can be found on Twitter as @margolanagan.

Category: Young adult fiction
ISBN: 9781742375052
Awards: Winner, West Australian Premier's Book Awards, Young Adult category, 2013
Winner, Aurealis Awards, Best Fantasy Novel, 2012
Winner, CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers, 2013, 2013
Winner, Indie Awards, Best Children's & YA Book, 2013
Winner, Norma K Hemming Award, 2013
Winner, Barbara Jefferis Award, 2014
Joint winner/co-winner., Aurealis Awards, Best Young Adult Novel, 2012
Commended, APA Book Design Awards, Best Designed Young Adult Book, 2013
Short-listed, Adelaide Festival Award for Literature, Young Adult Fiction, 2014
Short-listed, NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature, 2013
Short-listed, Stella Prize, 2013
Short-listed, Ditmar Awards, Best Novel, 2013
Short-listed, Queensland Literary Awards, 2012
Short-listed, Barbara Jefferis Award, 2014
Long-listed, UK CILIP Carnegie Medal, 2013
Long-listed, Inky Awards, Gold Inky, 2013
Long-listed, IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2014
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: A & U Children
Pub Date: February 2012
Page Extent: 360
Format: Book
Age: 14 - 18
Subject: Young adult fiction

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