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Safe Haven : THE NEW NOVEL FROM THE WINNER OF THE MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARD - Shankari Chandran

Safe Haven

THE NEW NOVEL FROM THE WINNER OF THE MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARD

By: Shankari Chandran

Paperback | 1 May 2024

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The new novel from the Miles Franklin award-winning author of Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens.

It was a beautiful evening. The wind gathered speed, lifting the frangipanis from the grove behind him, pink and yellow petals defying gravity. Beyond the trees, hidden by the foliage and rows of towering palm trees, the detention centre slept fitfully in the heavy summer heat. The palms blocked the ocean gust that now swirled around him, filling his lungs with the taste of temple flowers and salt. It reminded him of home. He took a deep breath, stepped off the escarpment and felt the red sand rush up towards him.

 
After arriving in Australia seeking asylum, Fina dedicates herself to aiding the refugees held in a detention centre at Port Camden, a remote island outpost. Appalled by the mistreatment of those in custody, Fina speaks out to the media about the poor conditions within the facility, as a result she is arrested, taken from her home in the small country town of Hastings and threatened with deportation.

When a security officer dies under suspicious circumstances, Lucky, a special investigator, arrives to uncover the truth. Her mystery is tied to Fina’s fate—and the secrets of the detention centre will divide the town and the nation.

Safe Haven is about displacement and seeking refuge—but ultimately it is a story about finding home—and the lengths you’ll go to find safety and love.

About the Author
Shankari Chandran was raised in Canberra, Australia. She spent a decade in London, working as a lawyer in the social justice field. She eventually returned home to Australia, where she now lives with her husband and four children. She is the author of Song of the Sun God, The Barrier and Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens, which won the 2023 Miles Franklin Literary Award.
Industry Reviews
'And here, with adventure, crime, mystery, romance - entertainment-Shankari Chandran is slyly involving us in a story that will make us feel, maybe inform us and if we're lucky, able to return to the outside world with wider understanding.' * Sydney Morning Herald *
'Anyone who read Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens will already know that Miles Franklin winner Shankari Chandran is an expert at sketching communities of people whose dependency on one another is matched by their care for each other. Chandran's new novel, Safe Haven, has it all: a group of refugees only too aware of the fragility of their position; bonds of love and trust; a mysterious death; and similarly beautiful storytelling to her prize-winning book.' * Qantas Magazine *
'Safe Haven is an important...and excoriating account of a shameful period of Australian history, told in a generous life-affirming voice that imagines a more humane future.' * The Conversation *
'Stories like this have the power to create and hold space where shame and hope can coexist.' * The Guardian *

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