The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart

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9781460754337

Holly Ringland

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An enchanting and captivating novel, about how our untold stories haunt us - and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.

After her family suffers a tragedy, nine-year-old Alice Hart is forced to leave her idyllic seaside home. She is taken in by her grandmother, June, a flower farmer who raises Alice on the language of Australian native flowers, a way to say the things that are too hard to speak.

Under the watchful eye of June and the women who run the farm, Alice settles, but grows up increasingly frustrated by how little she knows of her family's story. In her early twenties, Alice's life is thrown into upheaval again when she suffers devastating betrayal and loss. Desperate to outrun grief, Alice flees to the dramatically beautiful central Australian desert. In this otherworldly landscape Alice thinks she has found solace, until she meets a charismatic and ultimately dangerous man.

Spanning two decades, set between sugar cane fields by the sea, a native Australian flower farm, and a celestial crater in the central desert, 'The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart' follows Alice's unforgettable journey, as she learns that the most powerful story she will ever possess is her own.

About the Author:
Holly Ringland grew up barefoot and wild in her mother's tropical garden on the east coast of Australia. Her interest in cultures and stories was sparked by a two-year journey her family took in North America when she was nine years old, living in a camper van and travelling from one national park to another. In her twenties, Holly worked for four years in a remote Indigenous community in the central Australian desert. Moving to England in 2009, Holly obtained her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. Her essays and short fiction have been published in various anthologies and literary journals. She now lives between the UK and Australia.

About the Illustrator:
Edith Rewa is a textile designer, illustrator and fossicker, who is currently based in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales.

Features

ISBN 9781460754337
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers (Australia)
Published 2018
Format Paperback
Number of pages 400
Dimensions H 23.5cm x W 15.5cm D 3cm

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