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Publisher's Summary

Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist 2019

Winner of the Margaret Scott Prize 2019

In Robbie Arnott’s widely acclaimed and much-loved first novel, a young man named Levi McAllister decides to build a coffin for his sister, Charlotte - who promptly runs for her life. A water rat swims upriver in quest of the cloud god. A fisherman hunts for tuna in partnership with a seal. And a father takes form from fire.

The answers to these riddles are to be found in this tale of grief and love and the bonds of family, tracing a journey across the southern island. Utterly original in conception, spellbinding in its descriptions of nature and celebration of language, Flames is one of the most exciting debuts of recent years.

©2018 Robbie Arnott (P)2020 W. F. Howes

Critic Reviews

"A strange and joyous marvel." (Richard Flanagan)

"Ambitious storytelling from a stunning new Australian voice. Flames is constantly surprising - I never knew where the story would take me next. This book has a lovely sense of wonder for the world. It’s brimming with heart and compassion." (Rohan Wilson)

"Robbie Arnott is a vivid and bold new voice in Australian fiction." (Danielle Wood)

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