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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 01/08/2019
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'A strange and joyous marvel' Richard Flanagan
'Delightful... Enchanting' Guardian
'Spectacular' Culturefly

A young man named Levi McAllister decides to build a coffin for his sister, Charlotte - who promptly runs for her life. A water rat swims upriver in quest of the cloud god. A fisherman named Karl hunts for tuna in partnership with a seal. And a father takes form from fire.

The answers to these riddles are to be found in this tale of grief and love and the bonds of family, tracing a journey across the southern island that takes us full circle.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE READINGS PRIZE FOR NEW AUSTRALIAN FICTION

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781786496294
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 227 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
A strange and joyous marvel. * Richard Flanagan, Man Booker-winning author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North *
Flames is a spectacular novel; exciting and spirited, overflowing with imagination. Arnott invites us in to a thrilling new world where everything may look familiar, but there are magical surprises to be discovered around every corner. Join him on the journey, and you will not be disappointed. * Culturefly *
Visionary, vivid, full of audacious transformations: there's a marvellous energy to this writing that returns the world to us aflame. A brilliant and wholly original debut. * Gail Jones *
Ambitious storytelling from a stunning new Australian voice. Flames is constantly surprising-I never knew where the story would take me next. This book has a lovely sense of wonder for the world. It's brimming with heart and compassion. * Rohan Wilson *
Robbie Arnott is a vivid and bold new voice in Australian fiction * Danielle Wood *
Flames feels solid, significant and emotionally resonant. * Guardian *
[With a] magic realist flair that will appeal to fans of Angela Carter... It is glorious, messy, and a bit weird. * Press Association *

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“Loved it!”

I really loved this book. It had a very interesting view of the world, its language almost poetic. Its very experimental, trying out different styles of narratives, different voices: in particular I loved the rat... More

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Clare Riley

“Magical realism at it's most beautiful.”

This book is jam packed with magical realism. The imagery is beautiful, it is constantly surprising, and I couldn't get enough.
There are women who rise from the dead, seals who forge unbreakable bonds with... More

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“Weird, wonderful and refreshingly different.”

*** Rating: 4.5/5 ***

There’s something inexplicably grounding about this mystical marvel and its humble wisdom.

With its original imaginings of land and lore “Flames” sustains a connection to both spiritual and... More

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