Congratulations to Vicki Laveau-Harvie whose extraordinary memoir The Erratics has been named winner of the 2019 Stella Prize.
The Erratics was the first book I read when I embarked on my project to read all the books on the Stella Prize shortlist. It was the kind of memoir I simply couldn’t put down. Fortunately, I was on holiday at the time — in Fremantle, Western Australia — so I have very fond memories of lying on a sofa and later sitting on a sun-washed balcony being completely immersed in this story.
It’s a compelling account of dealing with elderly parents — one of whom is trying to kill the other — from afar.
According to the Stella Prize Twitter account, it’s a “sharp, darkly funny and powerful book” that “explores the universal themes of family, the pain they can inflict and the legacy they leave”.
You can read my full review here.
The $50,000 prize is for Australian women writers, and only books, both fiction and non-fiction, published in 2018 were eligible.
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What a lovely image: lying on the sofa, sitting in the sun, immersed in the story. This is the time for the announcement of literary prizes; today we learn of the MBIP 2019 short list. I will look for Erratic, not sure if my library has it. Probably not.😔
*The Erratics, goodness sake.
You will probably have trouble finding it. The independent press that published it went bust at the end of last year; it has been picked up and republished by Fourth Estate but that was only at the end of March and it doesn’t look like it is world rights, which is such a pity as it’s such a wonderful, sometimes shocking, read.
You’re right, I’m having a hard time. Amazon has the paperback for $21.00, and there is no Kindle available. I may purchase it, but what you said makes sense about it being difficult to obtain.
I’m hoping the win may at least force the publisher to release an eBook for international consumption 🤞