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Heat and Light : Shortlisted for the 2015 Stella Prize - Ellen Van Neerven

Heat and Light

Shortlisted for the 2015 Stella Prize

Paperback Published: 27th August 2014
ISBN: 9780702253218
Number Of Pages: 232

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2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Indigenous Writers Prize Joint Winner!

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Winner of the 2013 David Unaipon Award.

In this award-winning work of fiction, Ellen van Neerven takes her readers on a journey that is mythical, mystical and still achingly real.

Over three parts, she takes traditional storytelling and gives it a unique, contemporary twist. In 'Heat', we meet several generations of the Kresinger family and the legacy left by the mysterious Pearl.

In 'Water', van Neerven offers a futuristic imagining of a people whose existence is under threat.

While in 'Light', familial ties are challenged and characters are caught between a desire for freedom and a sense of belonging.

Heat and Light presents a surprising and unexpected narrative journey while heralding the arrival of an exciting new talent in Australian writing.

About the Author

Ellen van Neerven is a writer of Mununjali and Dutch heritage. She belongs to the Yugambeh people of the Gold Coast and Scenic Rim. She won the David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer in the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards for Heat and Light.


Exciting writing


I really enjoyed reading Heat and Light. A good introduction to Ellen Van Neervan's work and look forward to seeking out more. 'Water' was gripping and my favourite.

Melbourne, Australia


Exciting new writing


I loved this collection. More please!

Melbourne, Australia


meditations on the elements and kinship


A book club choice I'd never have read if it weren't selected - fantastic dip into contemporary Indigenous literature and issues we should all engage in more from here on.

Melbourne, AU


Heat and Light

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'...here is an outstanding writer at work.' - David Unaipon Award, judges' comments

ISBN: 9780702253218
ISBN-10: 0702253219
Series: David Unaipon Award Winners
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 27th August 2014
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 12.8  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1