The Rain Heron

Awards:   Short-listed for Guardian's Not the Booker Prize (for Flames) 2019 (UK) Short-listed for Queensland Literary Awards: University of Queensland Fiction Book Award (for Flames) 2018 Short-listed for UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing, NSW Premier's Literary Awards (for Flames) 2019 Short-listed for Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction (for Flames) 2019
Author:   Robbie Arnott
Publisher:   Text Publishing
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9781922268778


Pages:   272
Publication Date:   02 June 2020
Format:   Paperback
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Awards

  • Short-listed for Guardian's Not the Booker Prize (for Flames) 2019 (UK)
  • Short-listed for Queensland Literary Awards: University of Queensland Fiction Book Award (for Flames) 2018
  • Short-listed for UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing, NSW Premier's Literary Awards (for Flames) 2019
  • Short-listed for Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction (for Flames) 2019

Overview

Ren lives alone on the remote frontier of a country devastated by a coup. High on the forested slopes, she survives by hunting and trading-and forgetting. But when a young soldier comes to the mountains in search of a local myth, Ren is inexorably drawn into her impossible mission. As their lives entwine, unravel and erupt-as myths merge with reality-both Ren and the soldier are forced to confront what they regret, what they love, and what they fear. Robbie Arnott's stunning second novel remakes our relationship with the natural world. The Rain Heron is equal parts horror and wonder, and utterly gripping.

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Author:   Robbie Arnott
Publisher:   Text Publishing
Imprint:   The Text Publishing Company
Dimensions:   Width: 22.70cm , Height: 2.70cm , Length: 32.00cm
Weight:   0.432kg
ISBN:  

9781922268778


ISBN 10:   1922268771
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   02 June 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming
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'An engrossing narrative of mystery and escape that treats the reader to bravura runs of writing, especially around the elements of water and fire...You never quite know which direction the story will take off in as it creates a new kind of fairytale for our fire-prone landscape.' * Judges' report on Flames, Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist 2019 * 'Arnott skilfully switches between different voices and genres in a trick reminiscent of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas. The range he displays is impressive, swinging from fable to gothic horror to hardboiled detective story.' * Books+Publishing on Flames * 'A rich and memorable picture with prose of an exceptionally high quality. You won't read another Australian literary novel like this anytime soon.' * Kill Your Darlings on Flames * 'Delightful. He jumps playfully between different writing styles in every chapter...[An] enchanting story that also captures something very real about Tasmanian life.' * Guardian on Flames * 'Visionary, vivid, full of audacious transformations: there's a marvellous energy to this writing that returns the world to us aflame. A brilliant and wholly original debut.' * Gail Jones on Flames * 'This is a startlingly good first novel, stylistically adventurous, gorgeous in its descriptions and with a compelling narrative that should find a wide readership.' * Australian on Flames * 'A strange and joyous marvel.' * Richard Flanagan on Flames * 'The Rain Heron is an intoxicating fable from an extraordinary imagination. Robbie Arnott writes like the words want to be his.' * Anna Spargo-Ryan * 'The Rain Heron is genuinely and completely magnificent-a magical thing.' * Robert Lukins * 'The Rain Heron is exquisite. Reading it feels like hearing a legend from our past, from our near future; like remembering something you had always known but somehow forgotten. It is both fantastical and deeply true.' * Jane Rawson * 'Robbie Arnott is singlehandedly reinventing Australian literature. The Rain Heron is a soaring feat of the imagination.' * Bram Presser * 'With its emotional power and rich symbolism, The Rain Heron is an immersion in landscape, climate and an animal world that lives despite us, not for us. Robbie Arnott has imagined a creature, by turns exquisitely beautiful and terrifying, the likes of which I have never seen in Australian literature. His titular heron is a source of breathless wonder, of reverence. Arnott is just as wise with his human characters, with their wretchedness and elation, love and mistrust. There are images in this book that are entirely new to me, and I will cherish them.' * Jock Serong *


'The Rain Heron is unlike anything I have ever read. As luminescent as it is devastating, Arnott's tightly wrought storytelling reveals the myriad harms we wreak both on our planet and on each other. It is mesmerising.' * Ruth Gilligan * 'A book that is not only a compelling, original read, but one that delivers hard truths that urgently need to be heard.' * Books+Publishing * 'An engrossing narrative of mystery and escape that treats the reader to bravura runs of writing, especially around the elements of water and fire...You never quite know which direction the story will take off in as it creates a new kind of fairytale for our fire-prone landscape.' * Judges' report on Flames, Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist 2019 * 'Arnott skilfully switches between different voices and genres in a trick reminiscent of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas. The range he displays is impressive, swinging from fable to gothic horror to hardboiled detective story.' * Books+Publishing on Flames * 'A rich and memorable picture with prose of an exceptionally high quality. You won't read another Australian literary novel like this anytime soon.' * Kill Your Darlings on Flames * 'Delightful. He jumps playfully between different writing styles in every chapter...[An] enchanting story that also captures something very real about Tasmanian life.' * Guardian on Flames * 'In The Rain Heron, Robbie Arnott has turned his gaze to civilisation's need to control and understand the natural world. This is a book full of heart-it's so richly imagined, inventive and beautifully written, with a strong message, but is never didactic. It's like nothing I've read and Arnott has quickly become one of my favourite authors.' * J. P. Pomare * 'A journey into a perilous world where the horror of human greed collides with the eloquence of nature.' * Leah Kaminsky * 'Robbie Arnott imagines a thoroughly strange, inky-dark land of the near future. Sharp and original, The Rain Heron is a beautiful novel about love, violence and redemption.' * Laura Elvery * 'The Rain Heron is an intoxicating fable from an extraordinary imagination. Robbie Arnott writes like the words want to be his.' * Anna Spargo-Ryan * 'The Rain Heron is genuinely and completely magnificent-a magical thing.' * Robert Lukins * 'The Rain Heron is exquisite. Reading it feels like hearing a legend from our past, from our near future; like remembering something you had always known but somehow forgotten. It is both fantastical and deeply true.' * Jane Rawson * 'Robbie Arnott is singlehandedly reinventing Australian literature. The Rain Heron is a soaring feat of the imagination.' * Bram Presser * 'With its emotional power and rich symbolism, The Rain Heron is an immersion in landscape, climate and an animal world that lives despite us, not for us. Robbie Arnott has imagined a creature, by turns exquisitely beautiful and terrifying, the likes of which I have never seen in Australian literature. His titular heron is a source of breathless wonder, of reverence. Arnott is just as wise with his human characters, with their wretchedness and elation, love and mistrust. There are images in this book that are entirely new to me, and I will cherish them.' * Jock Serong *


'[A] novel you will want to read more than once, not so much to plumb its depths as to savour its wild variety of styles and voices, to revel in its breathtaking descriptions of Tasmanian wilderness and to grasp its intricate structure...There is no doubt that a poetically wild and wicked imagination is at work here. More please!' * SA Weekend on Flames * 'Arnott skilfully switches between different voices and genres in a trick reminiscent of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas. The range he displays is impressive, swinging from fable to gothic horror to hardboiled detective story.' * Books+Publishing on Flames * 'A rich and memorable picture with prose of an exceptionally high quality. You won't read another Australian literary novel like this anytime soon.' * Kill Your Darlings on Flames * 'A gloriously audacious book. It runs astonishing risks and takes on the biggest emotions...It bowled me sideways.' * New Zealand Herald on Flames * 'Delightful. He jumps playfully between different writing styles in every chapter...[An] enchanting story that also captures something very real about Tasmanian life.' * Guardian on Flames * 'Visionary, vivid, full of audacious transformations: there's a marvellous energy to this writing that returns the world to us aflame. A brilliant and wholly original debut.' * Gail Jones on Flames * 'An engrossing narrative of mystery and escape that treats the reader to bravura runs of writing, especially around the elements of water and fire...You never quite know which direction the story will take off in as it creates a new kind of fairytale for our fire-prone landscape.' * Judges' report on Flames, Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist 2019 * 'This is a startlingly good first novel, stylistically adventurous, gorgeous in its descriptions and with a compelling narrative that should find a wide readership.' * Australian on Flames * 'A strange and joyous marvel.' * Richard Flanagan on Flames * 'Robbie Arnott is singlehandedly reinventing Australian literature. The Rain Heron is a soaring feat of the imagination.' * Bram Presser *


'[A] novel you will want to read more than once, not so much to plumb its depths as to savour its wild variety of styles and voices, to revel in its breathtaking descriptions of Tasmanian wilderness and to grasp its intricate structure...There is no doubt that a poetically wild and wicked imagination is at work here. More please!' * SA Weekend on Flames * 'Arnott skilfully switches between different voices and genres in a trick reminiscent of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas. The range he displays is impressive, swinging from fable to gothic horror to hardboiled detective story.' * Books+Publishing on Flames * 'A rich and memorable picture with prose of an exceptionally high quality. You won't read another Australian literary novel like this anytime soon.' * Kill Your Darlings on Flames * 'A gloriously audacious book. It runs astonishing risks and takes on the biggest emotions...It bowled me sideways.' * New Zealand Herald on Flames * 'Delightful. He jumps playfully between different writing styles in every chapter...[An] enchanting story that also captures something very real about Tasmanian life.' * Guardian on Flames * 'Visionary, vivid, full of audacious transformations: there's a marvellous energy to this writing that returns the world to us aflame. A brilliant and wholly original debut.' * Gail Jones on Flames * 'An engrossing narrative of mystery and escape that treats the reader to bravura runs of writing, especially around the elements of water and fire...You never quite know which direction the story will take off in as it creates a new kind of fairytale for our fire-prone landscape.' * Judges' report on Flames, Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist 2019 * 'This is a startlingly good first novel, stylistically adventurous, gorgeous in its descriptions and with a compelling narrative that should find a wide readership.' * Australian on Flames * 'A strange and joyous marvel.' * Richard Flanagan on Flames *


Author Information

Robbie Arnott was a 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist and won the Margaret Scott Prize in the 2019 Tasmanian Premier's Literary Prizes. His widely acclaimed debut, Flames (2018), was shortlisted for a Victorian Premier's Literary Award, a New South Wales Premier's Literary Award, a Queensland Literary Award, the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and Not the Booker Prize. He lives in Hobart. @RobbieArnott

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