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The Last Garden

The settlement of Wahrheit, founded in exile to await the return of the Messiah, has been waiting longer than expected. Pastor Helfgott has begun to feel the subtle fraying of the community’s faith.

Then Matthias Orion shoots his wife and himself, on the very day their son Benedict returns home from boarding school.

Benedict is unmoored by shock, severed from his past and his future. Unable to be inside the house, unable to speak, he moves into the barn with the horses and chooks, relying on the animals’ strength and the rhythm of the working day to hold his shattered self together.

The pastor watches over Benedict through the year of his crazy grief: man and boy growing, each according to his own capacity, as they come to terms with the unknowable past and the frailties of being human.

Eva Hornung
About the Author

Eva Hornung was born in Bendigo and now lives in rural South Australia. Formerly published as Eva Sallis, Hornung is an award-winning writer of literary fiction and criticism: her first novelHiamwon theAustralian/Vogel Literary Award in 1997 and the Nita May Dobbie Award in 1999. The Marsh Birdswon the Asher Literary Award 2005 and was...

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Praise for Eva Hornung
andThe Last Garden

Dog Boy is a wonderful novel, a tour de force.’

‘Hornung writes with extraordinary force and insight…an amazing feat of imaginative power.’

‘Astonishing…A strange, sombre, sobering triumph.’

‘There’s human violence and the strength of animals…just gripping.’

‘Vivid, visceral and disconcerting. The descriptions of animals are intensely empathetic, and the book raises fundamental and confronting questions about how our animal and our human selves can or should co-exist.’

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