All Our Shimmering Skies
The new novel from the bestselling author of Boy Swallows Universe
‘Extravagantly beautiful writing’
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
‘Poetic and full of grace’
1942. As Japanese bombs rain down in Darwin, motherless Molly Hook, the gravedigger’s daughter, turns to the sky for guidance and starts walking. She carries a map that leads to Longcoat Bob, the deep-country sorcerer who put a curse on her family.
By her side are the most unlikely travelling companions: Greta, a razor-tongued actress, and Yukio, a fallen Japanese fighter pilot. As they journey from the vine forests to Australia’s wild and magical monsoon lands, they will encounter grave danger and discover true love.
All Our Shimmering Skies is a story about gifts that fall from the sky, curses we dig from the earth and the secrets we bury inside ourselves. It is an odyssey of friendship and malice, of darkness and light; and, most of all, a love letter to Australia and the art of looking up.
'A work of shimmering originality and energy, with extraordinary characters and a clever, thrilling plot ... unputdownable' SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 'Even better than Boy Swallows Universe...There's a whiff of southern gothic here, with Molly reminding me of Scout Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird' THE AUSTRALIAN 'Tumultuous and ultimately beautiful... poetic and full of grace' HERALD SUN 'The book is alight with joyous candour, extravagantly beautiful writing and a series of intriguing jungle-set pieces' ADELAIDE ADVERTISER 'A magical realist epic grounded by a vividly evoked sense of place and a cheeky sense of humour' WEST AUSTRALIAN 'As Australian as outback red dirt and as universal as the sky young Molly Hook's journey takes place beneath, All Our Shimmering Skies is an open-hearted wonder, by turns heartbreaking and full of hope, no less than an instant classic' VENERO ARMANNO 'Australia has a new literary hero. Molly Hook - part Cordelia, part Jo March, part Pippi Longstocking - pulls us into a story and a landscape that is mythic, beguiling and almost hallucinatory in its beauty. And instantly recognisable as our own' KRISTINA OLSSON 'This is storytelling at its absolute purest, a truly courageous expression of longing, hope and love ... against unimaginable odds' ASHER KEDDIE
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