Publisher's synopsis

The Boat takes us from a tourist in Tehran to a teenage hit man in Colombia; from an aging New York artist to a boy coming of age in a small Victorian fishing town; from the city of Hiroshima just before the bomb is dropped to the haunting waste of the South China Sea in the wake of another war. Each story uncovers a raw human truth. Each story is absorbing and fully realised as a novel. Together, they make up a collection of astonishing diversity and achievement.

Awards

  • Winner 2009 Australian Book Industry Awards for Newcomer of the Year
  • Winner 2009 SMH Young Novelist Prize for Writing for Young Adults
  • Winner 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature for Best Writing Award
  • Winner 2009 QLD Premier’s Literary Award for Australian Short Story Collection
  • Winner 2009 NSW Premier’s Awards for New Writing and Book of the Year
  • Winner 2009 Dylan Thomas Prize for Fiction
  • Winner 2009 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction
  • Winner 2010 Kathleen Mitchell Award Prize for Writing for Young Adults
  • Shortlisted 2008 WA Premier’s Book Award for Fiction
  • Shortlisted 2009 Australian Book Industry Awards for Book of the Year
  • Shortlisted 2009 QLD Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction
  • Shortlisted 2009 Victorian Premier’s Award for the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
  • Longlisted 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Regional) for Best First Book