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The Last Sky

Written by Alice Nelson


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British rule is coming to an end and so is Maya’s marriage. She drifts, wandering aimlessly through the crowded city streets. Captivated by an elderly Chinese man and his caged nightingale, she follows him home. But Ken Tiger is a man with a past. As Maya draws out his tale of lost love in wartime Shanghai, she pieces together other stories, other histories that will help her to imagine a new life for herself.

‘real lyrical beauty’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘partly a haunting and uneasy love story, partly a subtle exploration of cultural and political tensions’ Weekend Australian

‘I found Alice Nelson’s writing to show echoes of other Perth writers, such as Gail Jones and Brenda Walker. She shares their clear-eyed yet discursive style and their careful, learned use of beautiful language. It will be fascinating to see what she comes up with next.’ Canberra Times

‘The author is clearly a major new talent and one to watch for in the future.’ Westerly


Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year (Winner 2009)
Barbara Jefferis Award for Literature (Shortlisted 2009)
T.A.G. Hungerford Award (Winner 2006)
The Australian / Vogel Award (Shortlisted 2004)

ISBN 9781921361920 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 130mm) (Paperback)
Categories T.A.G. Hungerford Winners
Book Club Reads
Award Winning
Pages 256
Publication Year 2010
Edition 2nd
Publisher Fremantle Press
Rights World
  • Alice nelson

    Alice Nelson

    Alice Nelson is an Australian writer. Her first novel, The Last Sky, was shortlisted for The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award, won the T.A.G. Hungerford Award and was shortlisted for the Australian Society of Authors’ Barbara Jefferis Award. She was named Best Young Australian Novelist of 2009 in the Sydney Morning Herald’s national awards program. Alice works as a freelance journalist and teaches creative writing. Read more