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Allen & Unwin
01 October 2019
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ---- Astrid Coleman belongs to Tasmania's political family - her father was a well liked Labor politician, her older sister is the Labor Opposition Leader, and her twin brother is the Liberal Premier. She took off as soon as she could, and rarely comes back. Her job as a UN conflict resolution specialist and her family in New York give her enough excuses not to return too often - until she receives a request and advice that she should… Her brother's pet infrastructure project - a magnificent bridge linking Bruny Island to the mainland, being built with the assistance of Chinese concerns - has been sabotaged and he needs her to step in to help smooth the way for its resumption. The residents of Bruny are on the whole, none too happy about their way of life being so disrupted. As she gathers information, it is all too obvious to her that bigger things are at stake, and they aren't being shared with the populace. And it might turn out, that she isn't sharing everything she knows with her brother, either! A real corker of a novel, which artfully combines the personal with the political, whilst envisaging scenarios that may not be so implausible in the very near future. Lindy Jones


How far would your government go?

A right-wing US president has withdrawn America from the Middle East and the UN. Daesh has a thoroughfare to the sea and China is Australia's newest ally. When a bomb goes off in remote Tasmania, Astrid Coleman agrees to return home to help her brother before an upcoming election. But this is no simple task. Her brother and sister are on either side of politics, the community is full of conspiracy theories, and her father is quoting Shakespeare. Only on Bruny does the world seem sane.

Until Astrid discovers how far the government is willing to go.

Bruny is a searing, subversive, brilliant novel about family, love, loyalty and the new world order.

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Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   561g
ISBN:   9781760875169
ISBN 10:   1760875163
Pages:   424
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Heather Rose is the Australian author of eight novels. Her seventh novel The Museum of Modern Love won the 2017 Stella Prize. It also won the 2017 Christina Stead Prize and the 2017 Margaret Scott Prize. It has been published internationally and translated into numerous languages. Both The Museum of Modern Love and The Butterfly Man were longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. The Butterfly Man won the Davitt Award in 2006, and in 2007 The River Wife won the international Varuna Eleanor Dark Fellowship. Heather writes with Danielle Wood under the pen-name Angelica Banks and their Tuesday McGillycuddy children's series has twice been shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards for best children's fantasy. Angelica Banks is also published internationally. Heather lives by the sea in Tasmania.

  • Long-listed for Best Designed Commercial Fiction Cover 2020 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Best Fiction 2020 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Indie Book Awards 2020 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Australian Book Design Awards 2020 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Best Fiction 2020 (Australia)
  • Winner of Best Designed Commercial Fiction Cover 2020 (Australia)

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