Leanne Hall is an author of young adult and children's fiction. Her debut novel, This Is Shyness, won the Text Prize for Children's and Young Adult Writing, and was followed by a sequel, Queen of the Night. Her novel for younger readers, Iris and the Tiger, won the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature at the 2017 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Leanne works as a children's and YA specialist at an independent bookshop.
'Haunting and beautiful. At first it has the page-turning addictiveness of a thriller and then it evolves into a captivating exploration of grief, guilt and resilience in the face of fear and uncertainty. Hall's characters are meticulously drawn, brave, fierce and vulnerable. A stunning achievement from an Australian treasure.' * Wai Chim * 'A powerful, compelling read about the fragility, resilience and fierceness of girlhood. Unputdownable.' * Lili Wilkinson * 'A creeping psychological thriller about loss and fear and guilt and the fractured relationships that are left behind. Brilliant.' * Robert Newton * 'Hall's writing is breathtakingly good. The Gaps is a lightning bolt of a novel about power, privilege, race, art and identity.' * Nina Kenwood * '[The Gaps] is simultaneously harrowing and enchanting... Hall's thoughtful novel explores friendship, victimhood and art. Readers who enjoyed the private school machinations of Alice Pung's Laurinda but are prepared for the tension of Sarah Epstein's Deep Water will be drawn into this novel, and will find it hard to escape its pull.' * Books+Publishing * 'Leanne Hall is without a doubt one of Australia's best young-adult writers. Hall's work is full of the fear and risk of adolescence, but also the strength and friendships that define it.' * Saturday Paper *