Gabriel Fox, the young son of an old English house, arrives in a land both ancient and new.
Drawn by the promise of his heart’s desire, and compelled to distance himself from pain at home, Gabriel begins his quest into Van Diemen’s Land.
His guide, a Cannibal who is not all he seems, leads him north where Gabriel might free himself of his distracting burden and seek the woman he must find. As Gabriel traverses this wild country, he uncovers new truths buried within his own memory.
In this Conversations from Byron podcast, winner of the 2020 Australian Vogel Literary Prize, Kate Kruimink speaks with fellow Vogel shortlister Emily Brugman about the characters and themes of her novel, about the experience of winning the Vogel, and where her love of literature comes from.
Thanks to Delta Kay, Arakwal Bundjalung woman, for the Welcome to Country on this podcast.
Kate Kruimink is a writer from southern Tasmania. Her first novel, A Treacherous Country, received the 2020 Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award.
Emily Brugman is a writer from the New South Wales south coast. She currently lives in Mullumbimby and works at Byron Writers Festival. Her novel, The Islands, was shortlisted for the Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award, and will be published by Allen & Unwin in 2022.
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