Gifted youngster Lawrence enjoys an idyllic childhood in regional Victoria, where he lives with his widowed mother and young brother at the foot of the Grampians. After taking his first painting class, he dives obsessively into an exhilarating world of light, colour and art, and thrives. But his world is shattered by the arrival of an interloper, and a devastating incident that follows. Sofie Laguna’s extraordinary and compassionate new book, Infinite Splendours, is a luminous and heartbreaking meditation on art, trauma, and innocence lost.
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Sofie Laguna is an award-winning author of books for adults and young people. She won the 2015 Miles Franklin Award for her second novel, The Eye of the Sheep, and the 2018 Indie Book Award for Fiction for her third novel, The Choke, and her books have also been shortlisted for awards including the Stella Prize, the Prime Minister’s Literary Award and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. Her latest novel is Infinite Splendours.
Linda Jaivin is the author of eleven books, including seven novels and the Quarterly Essay Found in Translation. She is also a cultural commentator, co-editor of the China Story Yearbook at the Australian National University, and literary and film translator.