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Through the long years of the Great Depression, Harper Flute watches with a child's clear eyes her family's struggle to survive in a hot and impoverished landscape.

Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year

Through the long years of the Great Depression, Harper Flute watches with a child's clear eyes her family's struggle to survive in a hot and impoverished landscape. As life on the surface grows harsher, her brother Tin escapes ever deeper into a subterranean world of darkness and troubling secrets, until his memory becomes a myth barely whispered around the countryside.

'In its evocation of the adult world seen through the eyes of a child, this book has the feel of the classic To Kill a Mockingbird . . . A deep, and deeply moving, novel.' The Guardian (UK)

'If Hartnett was published in the era before young-adult fiction and I was casting about for comparisons, then the name Harper Lee wouldn't be a bad call.' Sunday Age

'Like all of Hartnett's novels, this one is inhabited by engagingly vulnerable, sometimes damaged characters, and it unfolds in mesmerisingly precise and minutely observant prose.' Canberra Times

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143571766

    August 27, 2014

    Penguin

    240 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781742281551

    August 1, 2000

    Penguin eBooks

    240 pages

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Also by Sonya Hartnett

The Wild One
Golden Boys
The Boy and The Toy
Life in Ten Houses: Penguin Special
The Best Australian Stories 2012
Children of the King
Come Down, Cat!
The Midnight Zoo
Surrender: Popular Penguins
Butterfly
Of a Boy: Popular Penguins
Ghost's Child
The Silver Donkey
Stripes of the Sidestep Wolf
Surrender
Forest
Of a Boy
All My Dangerous Friends
The Devil Latch
Sleeping Dogs
Princes
Black Foxes
Wilful Blue

Recommendations

The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
Best Laid Plans
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Girl on the Train
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Golden Age
The Golden House
Swing Time
The Bear and The Nightingale
The Mistress
The Girls
Tiger Men
Fifty Shades Darker
The Secret Vineyard
Ready Player One