Storyland [Miles Franklin 2018 Shortlist]
'This land is a forever land. The clock ticks to a different time.'Set on the banks of Lake Illawarra and spanning four centuries, Storyland is a remarkable and moving novel about who we are and our connection to this land.Telling the stories of five very different people, Storyland weaves together a compelling narrative. In 1796 Will Martin, a young cabin boy, goes on a daring voyage of discovery with Matthew Flinders and George Bass. In 1822 a desperate ex-convict, Hawker, commits an act of terrible brutality, and in 1900 Lola is running a dairy farm with her half brother and sister, when they come under suspicion for a crime they did not commit. In 1998 Bel goes on a rafting adventure with her friends and is unexpectedly caught up in violent events, and in 2033 Nada sees her world start to terrifyingly collapse. Intriguingly, all these characters are connected - not only through the land and water they inhabit, but also by tendrils of blood, history, memory and property ...Thrilling and ambitious, Storyland tells no less than the story of Australia - and it is an unforgettable, thought-provoking and powerful account of our history, our present and our future.
MILES FRANKLIN 2018 LONGLIST