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Peta's Review



A beautifully written quiet novel by award winning Australian author, Robbie Arnott. The novel can, in effect, be summed up in the powerful epigraph "In the economy of nature nothing is ever lost"


Set in Tasmania, the story follows young Ned as he navigates everything which comes his way, one long hot summer - a whale, a quoll, a boat. The significance of these, each a metaphor and a reality, is revealed gradually and as we learn, resonate througout Ned's life


From the first sentence, we are drawn into young Ned's world. he is sensitive, but also has a great sense of responsibility - to the land, the orchard, his family, the future. Each character is finely drawn; Ned's father is a powerful presence throughout, and even in absentia; Ned's two brothers are people we feel we know. This is a whole life journey yet told with skilled economy. The ending will stay with you well after you turn the last page.




Vendors Review


The much-anticipated third novel by award-winning Australian author Robbie Arnott, Limberlost is a story of family and land, loss and hope, fate and the unknown, and love and kindness.

In the heat of a long summer Ned hunts rabbits in a river valley, hoping the pelts will earn him enough money to buy a small boat.

His two brothers are away at war, their whereabouts unknown. His father and older sister struggle to hold things together on the family orchard, Limberlost.

Desperate to ignore it all-to avoid the future rushing towards him-Ned dreams of open water.

As his story unfolds over the following decades, we see how Ned's choices that summer come to shape the course of his life, the fate of his family and the future of the valley, with its seasons of death and rebirth.

The third novel by the award-winning author of Flames and The Rain HeronLimberlost is an extraordinary chronicle of life and land- of carnage and kindness, blood ties and love.