Robbie Arnott burst on to the literary scene with his gloriously imaginative debut, Flames, a novel of stylistic ingenuity that traversed genres with dense poetic prose. His new book The Rain Heron is similarly inventive, the story of a mythic bird with extraordinary powers, able to save and destroy the land, both hunted and protected by flawed humans. With lush lyrical language, The Rain Heron is at once ecological parable and thriller, and an audacious, immersive work from one of Australia’s most original new talents.
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Robbie Arnott’s widely acclaimed debut Flames was shortlisted for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, a New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award, a Queensland Literary Award, the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and Not the Booker Prize. His second novel is The Rain Herron.
Jane Howard is a Walkley award winning journalist and deputy editor of arts and culture at The Conversation. Her writing has appeared in publications including Meanjin, Crikey, the ABC, and Kill Your Darlings, and she has worked for the Guardian across Australia and in Asia.