The Last Garden
This novel confirms Hornung as one of Australia’s finest writers. Set in an indeterminate rural location during the 19th century, this story begins with an act of violence that leaves Benedict, bereft. Unmoored by grief he moves into a barn, where the horses and farm animals show him a way back towards humanity. Almost gothic in its imagery, there are several scenes that will live on in your memory long after you finish the book. Gavin
The settlement of Wahrheit, founded in exile to await the return of the Messiah, has been waiting longer than expected. Pastor Helfgott has begun to feel the subtle fraying of the community's faith. Then Matthias Orion shoots his wife and himself, on the very day their son Benedict returns home from boarding school. Benedict is unmoored by shock, severed from his past and his future. Unable to be inside the house, unable to speak, he moves into the barn with the horses and chooks, relying on the animals' strength and the rhythm of the working day to hold his shattered self together. The pastor watches over Benedict through the year of his crazy grief: man and boy growing, each according to his own capacity, as they come to terms with the unknowable past and the frailties of being human.
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'Dog Boy is a wonderful novel, a tour de force.' -- John Burnside Guardian UK 'Hornung writes with extraordinary force and insight...an amazing feat of imaginative power.' Canberra Times 'Astonishing...A strange, sombre, sobering triumph.' Sydney Morning Herald 'There's human violence and the strength of animals...just gripping.' Australian
Eva Hornung was born in Bendigo and now lives in rural South Australia. Formerly published as Eva Sallis, Hornung is an award-winning writer of literary fiction and criticism- her first novel Hiam won the Australian/Vogel Literary Award in 1997 and the Nita May Dobbie Award in 1999. The Marsh Birds won the Asher Literary Award 2005 and was shortlisted for numerous awards including the Age Book of the Year 2005, NSW Premier's Literary Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Eva Hornung's highly acclaimed Dog Boy was shortlisted for numerous prizes and won the Prime Minister's Literary Award in 2010.