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The Labyrinth

Winner Miles Franklin Literary Award 2021

Amanda Lohrey



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Text Publishing Company
04 August 2020


This moving tale of grief, community and the possibility of starting over has won Australia's most prestigious literary award.

THE LABYRINTH is the seventh novel by Tasmanian author Amanda Lohrey and which the Miles Franklin Literary Award judges praised as "a beautifully written reflection on the conflicts between parents and children, men and women, and the value and purpose of creative work".

Erica Marsden's son, an artist, has been imprisoned for homicidal negligence. In a state of grief, Erica cuts off all ties to family and friends, and retreats to a quiet hamlet on the south-east coast near the prison where he is serving his sentence.

There, in a rundown shack, she obsesses over creating a labyrinth by the ocean. To build it - to find a way out of her quandary - Erica will need the help of strangers. And that will require her to trust, and to reckon with her past.

The Labyrinth is a hypnotic story of guilt and denial, of the fraught relationship between parents and children, that is also a meditation on how art can both be ruthlessly destructive and restore sanity. It shows Amanda Lohrey to be at the peak of her powers.
 labyrinth by amanda lohrey

By:   Amanda Lohrey
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   322g
ISBN:   9781922330109
ISBN 10:   1922330108
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   04 August 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Amanda Lohrey lives in Tasmania and writes fiction and non-fiction. She has taught Politics at the University of Tasmania and Writing and Textual Studies at the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Queensland. Amanda is a regular contributor to the Monthly magazine and is a former Senior Fellow of the Literature Board of the Australia Council. In November 2012 she received the Patrick White Award for literature.

Reviews for The Labyrinth: Winner Miles Franklin Literary Award 2021

'Lohrey's writing is excellent, and she mixes pastoral and gothic tropes beautifully.' * Books+Publishing * ' The Labyrinth is Amanda Lohrey's wisest and most intimate novel yet-luminous, full of sharp-edged beauty and illuminating questions about how we should live our lives. It asks, most simply, how to keep going in the wake of a disaster that has no neat ending. This is a novel in which nothing is out of place-every word and image resonates.' * Julieanne Lamond * 'Hypnotic and beautiful, The Labyrinth forces us to reckon with how our deepest bonds can inflict the most pain. Amid this coil of darkness, however, is the novel's unfailing light: that hope and redemption are always found in art and creation.' * Rebecca Starford * 'Extraordinarily vivid and compelling...a stunning and memorable novella' * Age on 'Vertigo' * 'Amanda Lohrey is an author of exquisite subtlety and wry humour. Her ability to draw out the quieter nuances of the human condition is evidenced again in A Short History of Richard Kline, in which she has crafted a male character of great depth.' * Mercury * 'The story of Richard Kline is marked by a...luminous wit, along with the quiet courage of a mind willing to countenance mysteries that our secular age refuses to broach.' * Australian on 'A Short History of Richard Kline' *

  • Long-listed for ALS Gold Medal 2021 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2021 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2021 (Australia)
  • Winner of Miles Franklin Literary Award 2021 (Australia)

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