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The Little Boat on Trusting Lane

Written by Mel Hall

Paperback
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$29.99

Richard runs his alternative healing centre from an old houseboat in a scrapyard on Trusting Lane. The Little Mother Earth Ship provides spiritual sustenance at regular meetings of the Circle of IEWA. While Richard plies his new-age wisdom, disciples Finn and August help to run the centre. But warning letters from the council are piling up down the side of the fridge and the arrival of a new mystic, Celestiaa Davinaa, is about to rock their world. How many alternative healers can one small boat hold before the enterprise capsizes?

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK

'Delightfully subversive, tenderly insightful; the nutmilk chai latte and hemp brigade have a new champion.' Rashida Murphy

'This novel made me laugh, cry and wonder. Mel Hall perceptively observes individuals’ struggles for meaning and emotional recuperation in an idiosyncratic yet recognisable urban Western Australian community. Her characters’ problems are both regional and global, their insights hard-won yet often humorous. A sharp yet empathic and ultimately life-affirming story.' Simone Lazaroo

‘It is rare to come across such an original, refreshingly disarming voice in Australian fiction. A gentle gem, and a timely meditation on love, longing and community.’ Laurie Steed

'Mel Hall has created a thoughtful story about the quest for personal meaning, exploring themes of invisible illness, sexuality, community, faith and spirituality.' Books+Publishing

AWARDS

Fogarty Literary Award (Longlisted 2019)

Properties
ISBN 9781925816617 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (208 x 140mm) (Paperback)
Categories Coming Soon
ebooks
Book Club Reads
Fiction
Publisher Fremantle Press
Edition 1st
Publication Year 2021
Pages 272
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    Mel Hall

    Mel Hall is a writer and musician based in Walyalup (Fremantle), Western Australia. Her fiction has been longlisted for major writing awards, such as the Peter Carey Short Story Prize (2019), the Fogarty Literary Award (2019) and the Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award (2018). Her novella The Choir ofGravediggers was published by Ginninderra Press in 2016, and her short fiction has appeared in Westerly, The Sleepers Almanac and other Australian journals. Read more