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Award-winning author Sonnya Harnett's Sleeping Dogs about a dysfunctional family in a gritty rural town and the outsider who unwittingly uncovers its secrets was the winner of both the Victorian Premier's Literary Award Sheaffer Pen Prize and the Miles Franklin Inaugural Kathleen Mitchell Award.

The Willow family's world is a place of strange safety and dark unease. Such a place cannot last forever.


The finest Australian writer of her generation

The Age

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  • Paperback


    June 27, 2016

    Penguin (AU YR)

    144 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook


    August 4, 1997

    Penguin eBooks (AU YR)

    144 pages

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