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Romy Ash

  • awardWinner, Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) Best Young Australian Novelists Award, 2013
  • awardShortlisted, Miles Franklin Award, 2013
  • awardShortlisted, Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, 2013
  • awardShortlisted, Commonwealth Book Prize, 2013
  • awardShortlisted, Australian Book Industry Awards, Literary Fiction Book of the Year, 2013
  • awardShortlisted, Australian Book Industry Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2013
  • awardShortlisted, Dobbie Literary Award, 2013
  • awardLonglisted, The Stella Prize, 2013
  • Tom and Jordy have been living with their gran since the day their mother, Loretta, left them on her doorstep and disappeared.

    Now Loretta’s returned, and she wants her boys back.

    Tom and Jordy hit the road with Loretta in her beat-up car. The family of three journeys across the country, squabbling, bonding, searching and reconnecting.

    But Loretta isn’t mother material. She’s broke, unreliable, lost. And there’s something else that’s not quite right with this reunion.

    They reach the west coast and take refuge in a beachside caravan park. Their neighbour, a surly old man, warns the kids to stay away. But when Loretta disappears again the boys have no choice but to ask the old man for help, and now they face new threats and new fears.

    This beautifully written and gripping debut is as moving as it is frightening, and as heartbreaking as it is tender.

    Media highlights

    Guardian review by Robert Drewe
    Time Out Melbourne interview
    The Lifted Brow interview

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    *Floundering* hooked at the fish market. Photo courtesy of Nic Low, The Bookwallah Writers Festival.

    Floundering hooked at the fish market. Photo courtesy of Nic Low, The Bookwallah Writers Festival.

    Romy Ash
    About the Author

    Romy Ash is the author of Floundering, her first novel, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin, Commonwealth Writer’s Prize and Prime Minister’s literary award, amongst others. She was awarded the SMH Best Young Australian Novelists of the year award for 2013. She lives in Melbourne.

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    28 March 2012
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    • Floundering
      ISBN: 9781921834776
      21 March 2012
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