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Sea Hearts

Margo Lanagan

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Allen & Unwin
01 February 2012
Fantasy; Children's & Educational; Epic Fantasy; Fairy Tale; Magic; Sword & Sorcery; Mythological Creatures, People & Places; Witches; Aurealis Award
MULTI-AWARD WINNING NOVEL

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Best known for her thoughtful, interesting and slightly surreal short stories, this full-length novel contains elements that Lanagan's fans will recognise. On the island of Rollrock, young boys gather sea hearts for their mothers to eat. They have no sisters, and their fathers are mostly fishermen, but their mothers are all beautiful women with a sense of mystery about them. Misskaella is ugly, but she has what every man on the island needs - the power to bring them sea-wives, and she uses this to bind them all to her. A beautifully rendered and lyrically written tale that takes the myth of the Selkies, and breathes delicate and strange new life into it. Any age from 14 up. Lindy

Winner, 2012 Aurealis Awards - Best Fantasy Novel

Winner, 2012 Aurealis Awards - Best Young Adult Novel (shared with Dead, Actually, Kaz Delaney)

Winner, 2013 Independent Booksellers of Australia Awards (INDIE) - Best Children's & YA Book

Winner, 2013 Norma K Hemming Award

Shortlisted, 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Awards - Ethel Turner Prize (Young People's Literature)

Shortlisted, 2013 Book Design Awards - Young Adult

Shortlisted, 2013 Stella Prize

Shortlisted, 2013 Ditmar Awards - Best Novel

Shortlisted, 2012 Aurealis Awards - Fantasy Novel and Young Adult Novel

Shortlisted, 2013 Norma K Hemming Award for race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in speculative fiction

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)
By:   Margo Lanagan
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 208mm,  Width: 138mm,  Spine: 207mm
Weight:   370g
ISBN:   9781742375052
ISBN 10:   1742375057
Pages:   360
Publication Date:   01 February 2012
Recommended Age:   From 14
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Sea Hearts

Best known for her thoughtful, interesting and slightly surreal short stories, this full-length novel contains elements that Lanagan's fans will recognise. On the island of Rollrock, young boys gather sea hearts for their mothers to eat. They have no sisters and their fathers are mostly fishermen, but their mothers are all beautiful women with a sense of mystery about them. Misskaella is ugly, but she has what every man on the island needs - the power to bring them sea-wives, and she uses this to bind them all to her. A beautifully rendered and lyrically written tale that takes the myth of the Selkies and breathes delicate and strange new life into it. Any age from 14 up. Lindy


  • Winner of Aurealis Awards 2013 (Australia)
  • Winner of Best Fantasy Novel 2013 (Australia)
  • Winner of West Australian Premier's Book Awards 2013 (Australia)
  • Winner of Young Adult category 2012 (Australia)

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