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  • Published: 30 July 2024
  • ISBN: 9781761349157
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $34.99

The Echoes

Set between rural Australia and London, The Echoes is a story about the weight of the past and the promise of the future

Max didn’t believe in an afterlife. Until he died. Now, as a reluctant ghost trying to work out why he remains, he watches his girlfriend Hannah lost in grief in the flat they shared and begins to realise how much of her life was invisible to him.

In the weeks and months before Max’s death, Hannah is haunted by the secrets she left Australia to escape. A relationship with Max seems to offer the potential of a different story, but the past refuses to stay hidden. It finds expression in the untold stories of the people she grew up with, the details of their lives she never knew and the events that broke her family apart and led her to Max.

Both a celebration and an autopsy of a relationship, spanning multiple generations and set between rural Australia and London, The Echoes is a novel about love and grief, stories and who has the right to tell them. It asks what of our past we can shrug off and what is fixed forever, echoing down through the years.

  • Published: 30 July 2024
  • ISBN: 9781761349157
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $34.99

About the author

Evie Wyld

Evie Wyld grew up in Australia and the UK. She is part owner of Review, a small independent bookshop in London. Her first novel, After the Fire, A Still Small Voice, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and a Betty Trask Award. In 2011 she was listed as one of the Culture Show’s Best New British Novelists. She was also shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award. In 2013 she was listed as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. Evie’s second novel, All the Birds, Singing, was published in 2013. It won the 2014 Miles Franklin Award, the Encore Award and the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, and was longlisted for the 2014 Stella Prize and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and shortlisted for the Costa Novel Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Her third novel, The Bass Rock, won the 2021 Stella Prize. Her graphic novel with illustrator Joe Sumner, Everything Is Teeth, was published in 2015.

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Praise for The Echoes

It takes brilliance and verve to leap into the darkness as Evie Wyld does here. What a discovery – this is the first of her books I have read; it will certainly not be the last.

Anne Enright

The Echoes is a gorgeous, wise, furious meditation on the ways in which we carry both love and pain across decades and hemispheres. Each new layer is a revelation of compassion and understanding. Wyld is brilliant on girlhood, on grief, on intimacy’s terrible costs and its funny, messy grace. This is a jewel of a novel.

Fiona McFarlane

A brilliant, satisfying novel that explores flinty and essential truths about love and loss. Full of complex, believable characters and grounded in the mysteries and frustrations of the living and the dead. Flawlessly written, intriguing and ambitious. It moved me very much.

Sharlene Teo

A story about humans as they are – complicated bundles of pain, love, cruelty, cowardice, tenderness, bravery, loyalty. When the world is encouraging us to see each other as one dimensional, complex characters like those in The Echoes are necessary. And on top of all that Wyld is funny.

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

I’ve loved all of Evie Wyld’s novels, but I think this may be my favourite. Like all the best ghost stories, The Echoes is also a love story. It’s funny and moving and has such intelligent things to say about family, about shared histories and grief and the ways people find to heal themselves.

Paula Hawkins

I swallowed it all in one sitting, then went back to re-read all the passages and sentences I'd underlined. I knew I would love it, but wow – what an achievement. The way Evie effortlessly moves through times, places and people with a relentless, brutal, compassionate attention, her control over detail, emotion, and plot – the way we understand the personal through the local and the historical: I was just in awe of this (and as usual, very envious of Evie's skill).

Jenn Ashworth

This is stranger, darker and more brilliant than anything she’s written before... This is a book that will stay with you for ever – both intimate and extraordinarily ambitious.

Observer, Books to Look Out For 2024

The Echoes is a masterpiece, truly a special book. Wyld just gets better and better.

Nikesh Shukla

The loudest quiet book I’ve ever read, or the quietest loud book. Ghosts – but not the horrific kind – and death and family and ancestry and what’s passed down and what’s shucked off and how we move on from anything at all. Read it. Read it. Read it.

J. P. Smythe

A strange and wondrous novel, my book of the year by a mile. Wyld is a literary magician, doing more in the space of a few pages than many authors manage over the course of their careers.

Alex Preston

Wyld has always excelled at tension and pace, and the scattered puzzle pieces drop into place with both a feeling of horror and a strange kind of satisfaction . . . Nobody writes about trauma like Wyld. She does this largely by not writing directly about it, either transforming it into metaphor, or focusing only on its after effects, or both . . . Yet as well as terror The Echoes is also suffused with love, from the deep bond between Hannah and Rachel to the consoling and celebratory love of female friends, and the imperfect, wavering but ultimately lasting love between Hannah and Max. It is also – and this is important – a deeply funny book . . . The last, lingering voices in the novel hint at healing – and at hope.

Melissa Harrison, Guardian