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  • Published: 2 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143574040
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $22.99


Heart-wrenching, absorbing and magical, Relativity is an irresistible novel about science, love, unbreakable bonds and irreversible acts.

Ethan is a bright young boy obsessed with physics and astronomy who lives with his mother, Claire. Claire has been a wonderful parent to Ethan, but he's becoming increasingly curious about his father's absence in his life, wanting to fill in the gaps.

Claire's life is centred on Ethan; she is fiercely protective of her talented, vulnerable son, and of her own feelings. When Ethan falls ill, tied to a tragic event from when he was a baby, Claire's tightly held world is split open.

On the other side of the country, Mark is trying to forget about the events that tore his family apart. Then a sudden and unexpected call home forces him to confront his past, and the hole in his life that was once filled with his wife Claire and his son Ethan.

When Ethan secretly intercepts a letter from Mark to Claire, he unleashes long-suppressed forces that – like gravity – pull the three together again, testing the limits of love and forgiveness.

  • Pub date: 2 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143574040
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Antonia Hayes

Antonia Hayes is an Australian author who grew up in Sydney, spent her twenties in Paris and currently lives in London. Her work has been published in Best Australian Essays, Meanjin, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Daily Life and others. Antonia has worked in publishing as a publicist and a bookseller, and co-directed Australia's National Young Writers' Festival. Relativity is her debut novel and, as well as being published in Australia, rights have been sold to publishers in the US, UK, Germany, France and Turkey.

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Praise for Relativity

“Superbly written and vividly imagined”


Awards & Recognition

  • Fellowship of Australian Writers Awards

    Highly commended • 2016 • Christina Stead Award (Fiction)

  • Australian Book Industry Awards

    Longlisted • 2016 • Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year

  • Indie Award

    Shortlisted • 2016 • Debut Fiction

  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards

    Shortlisted • 2016 • UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing

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