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A beautifully written contemporary YA with a love story at its heart, by one of Australia's best-loved authors for young people.

I don’t know if it’s possible for people to change, not really. The way you’re made up, the important stuff, I reckon you’re born with that . . . when it matters, when it really matters, we are who we are.
Nate’s had it tough. An abusive father. His mother dead. He’s done things he regrets.

But he’s never met anyone like Gem. She’s a tiny piece of wonderful and she’ll change everything he knows about himself. Is this the beginning of happiness? Or is there more hardship around the corner?


Robert Newton tackles big themes – overcoming loss, being comfortable in your own skin and not judging others based on their appearance – with humour and a light touch . . .

Books and Publishing

Newton’s writing teems with bright, engaging dialogue, a compelling historical setting and fully developed characters . . .

Publisher’s Weekly (US)

Mr Romanov’s Garden is not only striking for its unexpected tangents, layered, sensory writing and contrasting images and colours, but also for its tender portrayal of the transformation of Lexie and her young friends.

The Australian

Finding yourself, finding your path, not pre-judging people, multicultural and multi-generational friendship, resilience: all themes in this novel. This book feels important from the moment you start reading.

Magpies magazine

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 7, 2019


    288 pages

    RRP $17.99

    Online retailers

    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Dymocks
    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    • The Nile

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook


    May 7, 2019

    Penguin eBooks

    288 pages

    Online retailers

    • Amazon Kindle AU
    • iBooks
    • Google Play EBook AU
    • Kobo Ebook
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks

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