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Heat and Light

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Summary

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.

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

Winner of the 2013 David Unaipon Award.

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 She won the David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer in the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards for Heat and Light.

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Harvard citation

Korff, J 2019, Heat and Light, <https://www.creativespirits.info/resources/books/heat-and-light>, retrieved 21 September 2019

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