RAW BLUE - turns five in June


WINNER OF THE 2010 VICTORIAN PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARD FOR YOUNG ADULT FICTION, SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2010 GOLD INKY AWARD, A READINGS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2009, ABR BEST BOOKS OF 2009: CRITICS’ CHOICES

An emotionally rich and powerful first novel … Kirsty Eagar is a writer to watchCanberra Times

Raw Blue, a story of regeneration set on Sydney’s northern beaches, is much more than just a promising debut: this one delivers. Australian Book Review: Best Books of 2009 – Critics’ Choices

Kirsty Eagar’s first novel explores dark territory with skill and sensitivitySunday Age

I read this book feverishly, desperate for a happy ending…Eagar gives victims a voice. Newcastle Herald

It’s dark subject matter, but Eagar manages to make it upliftingSunday Mail

If you only read one book this year … it should be Kirsty Eagar’s Raw Blue … one of those kept-me-up-all-night novels that stays in your bones and sings in your ears long after you’ve finished it. It wouldn’t be out of place next to Tim Winton’s Breath, except this is the ocean as healer, not as an object to be conquered, or the site of self-destruction, of risk. The images crackle, the lines are full of the poetry of observation, the story is searing, gutting, beautiful. Julia Lawrinson

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