Sea Hearts wins a WA Premier's Book Award!
Even more exciting was actually winning the Young Adult Fiction Award for the selkies. What a year they're having!
The awards website presents the judges' comments on each book, and says of Sea Hearts, "The orchestrated plot surges to a dramatic, shocking climax, before a dawn-like denouement which is just as powerful in its tranquillity and hope. Lanagan presents a fantasy that enthrals, in a language that sings and delights." Pretty irresistible, no?
And another book there that I want to get my hands on is Roger Averill's Exile: The Lives and Hopes of Werner Pelz. And of course Questions of Travel, I've still got to read that. It took out both the fiction and the overall Premier's Prize—go, Michelle de Kretser! If my year's been dizzying, hers must have been absolutely mind-blowing.