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About The Event
Infinite Splendours is the hotly anticipated new novel from Sofie Laguna, the multi award-winning Australian author of The Choke and The Eye of the Sheep.
This fearless novel is a sensitive exploration of childhood trauma, handled with Laguna’s peerless compassion and wisdom. It will open the minds and hearts of readers in ways that can never be forgotten.
Sofie appears in-conversation with Nicole Abadee.
This FREE event takes place on Zoom. The Zoom meeting details form part of your ticket, emailed to you after registration.
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About the Book
Lawrence Loman is a bright, caring, curious boy with a gift for painting. He lives at home with his mother and younger brother, and the future is laid out before him, full of promise. But when he is ten, an experience of betrayal takes it all away, and Lawrence is left to deal with the devastating aftermath.
As he grows into a man, how will he make sense of what he has suffered? He cannot rewrite history, but must he be condemned to repeat it?
Lawrence finds meaning in the best way he knows how. By surrendering himself to art and nature, he creates beauty - beauty made all the more astonishing and soulful for the deprivation that gives rise to it.
Set in a fictional town in Victoria’s Southern Grampians region, this extraordinary novel is rich in colour and character, and incandescent with love and compassion.
The power and virtuosity of Laguna's writing ensures that Lawrence is seen: and by being seen, he is redeemed.
"I took a deep breath after reading the conclusion. Tears slid down my cheeks and I pondered for a very long time on the beauty of writing on such a deep, dark, and emotive piece. Where Laguna drew inspiration from. Her impeccable writing. The ability to understand, to want to know what happens to Lawrence and watch how childhood trauma plays out into adulthood. The lightness in Laguna’s ability to depict such a heavy subject and paint such beauty in incredible. Only a master writer could realise this piece. It is dark, it is deep and it is exceptional. I have no doubt that Laguna will win awards for this one." - Dean, Better Read Than Dead.
About the Author
Sofie Laguna’s first novel for adults, One Foot Wrong, was published throughout Europe, the US and the UK, and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award.
Her second novel for adults, The Eye of the Sheep, won the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize— and longlisted for the International Dublin IMPAC Award.
Her third novel, The Choke, won the 2018 Indie Book Award for Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier Literary Award, the Voss Literary Prize, the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal and the Australian Book Industry Award.
Sofie’s many books for young people have been published in the US, the UK and in translation throughout Europe and Asia. She has been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Award, and her books have been named Honour Books and Notable Books by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.
Sofie continues to write for both children and adults, and lives in Melbourne with her husband, illustrator Marc McBride, and their two sons.
About the Moderator
Nicole Abadee is the books writer for The Australian Financial Review Magazine. She also writes about books for Good Weekend and reviews for Australian Book Review, and appears regularly as a facilitator at writers’ festivals and other literary events.
In her ‘Books, Books, Books’ podcast, Nicole interviews the best writers, from Australia and overseas, about their new releases.
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