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by Robbie Arnott (Text Publishing)

Shortlisted for The Tasmania Book Prize

Shortlisted for The Margaret Scott Prize

About the author

Robbie Arnott was born in Launceston in 1989. His writing has appeared in Islandthe Lifted BrowKill Your Darlings and the 2017 anthology Seven Stories. He won the 2015 Tasmanian Young Writers’ Fellowship and the 2014 Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers. Robbie lives in Hobart and is an advertising copywriter.


Flames by Robbie Arnott

A young man named Levi McAllister decides to build a coffin for his twenty-three-year-old sister, Charlotte—who promptly runs for her life. A water rat swims upriver in quest of the cloud god. A fisherman named Karl hunts for tuna in partnership with a seal. And a father takes form from fire.

The answers to these riddles are to be found in this tale of grief and love and the bonds of family, tracing a journey across the southern island that takes us full circle.

Flames sings out with joy and sadness. It is unique in conception, spellbinding in its descriptions of nature and its celebration of the power of language.