Abbey's Bookshop Logo
Go to my checkout basket
Login to Abbey's Bookshop
Register with Abbey's Bookshop
Gift Vouchers
Browse by Category

facebook
Google Book Preview
The Choke
— —
Sofie Laguna
The Choke by Sofie Laguna at Abbey's Bookshop,

The Choke

Sofie Laguna


9781760529949

Allen & Unwin


Fiction & Literature;
Classic fiction (pre c 1945)


Paperback

384 pages

$22.99
In stock
Ready to ship
order qty:  
Add this item to my basket

Winner of the 2018 Indie Book Award for Fiction!

'It is quite a feat to write characters with such nuance...in harnessing her storytelling facility to expose the flaws in the system with what is becoming trademark empathy, Laguna is an author proving the novel is a crucial document of the times.' - Louise Swinn, The Australian

I never had words to ask anybody the questions, so I never had the answers.

Abandoned by her mother and only occasionally visited by her secretive father, Justine is raised by her pop, a man tormented by visions of the Burma Railway. Justine finds sanctuary in Pop's chooks and The Choke, where the banks of the Murray River are so narrow it seems they might touch - a place of staggering natural beauty. But the river can't protect Justine from danger. Her father is a criminal, and the world he exposes her to can be lethal.

Justine is overlooked and underestimated, a shy and often silent observer of her chaotic world. She learns that she has to make sense of it on her own. She has to find ways to survive so much neglect. She must hang on to friendship when it comes, she must hide when she has to, and ultimately she must fight back.

The Choke is a brilliant, haunting novel about a child navigating an often dark and uncaring world of male power and violence, in which grown-ups can't be trusted and comfort can only be found in nature. This compassionate and claustrophobic vision of a child in danger and a society in trouble celebrates above all the indomitable nature of the human spirit.

Sofie Laguna, winner of the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award for The Eye of the Sheep, once again shows she is a writer of rare empathy, originality and blazing talent.

By:   Sofie Laguna
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 128mm, 
ISBN:   9781760529949
ISBN 10:   176052994X
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   April 2019
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sofie Laguna won the 2018 Indie Book Award for Fiction for The Choke and her second novel for adults, The Eye of the Sheep - shortlisted for the Stella Prize - won the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award and was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her first novel for adults, One Foot Wrong, published throughout Europe, the US and the UK, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award. Sofie's many books for young people have been published in the US, the UK and in translation throughout Europe and Asia. She has been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Award, and her books have been named Honour Books and Notable Books by the Children's Book Council of Australia. Sofie lives in Melbourne with her husband, illustrator Marc McBride, and their two sons.


  • Short-listed for ALS Gold Medal 2018 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Literary Fiction Book of the Year - Australian Book Industry Awards 2018 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Victorian Premier's Literary Awards - Fiction 2018 (Australia)
  • Winner of Indie Book Awards - Fiction 2018 (Australia)
My Shopping Basket
Your cart does not contain any items.