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The novel that is taking Australia by storm …
An enchanting and captivating novel about how our untold stories haunt us—and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.
About the book
After her family suffers a tragedy, nine-year-old Alice Hart is forced to leave her idyllic seaside home. She is taken in by her grandmother, June, a flower farmer who raises Alice on the language of Australian native flowers: a way to say the things that are too hard to speak.
Under the watchful eye of June and the women who run the farm, Alice settles, but grows up increasingly frustrated by how little she knows of her family’s story. In her early twenties, Alice’s life is thrown into upheaval again when she suffers devastating betrayal and loss. Desperate to outrun her grief, Alice flees to the dramatically beautiful central Australian desert. In this otherworldly landscape, Alice thinks she has found solace, until she meets a charismatic and ultimately dangerous man.
Spanning two decades, set between sugarcane fields by the sea, a native Australian flower farm and a celestial crater in the central desert, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart follows Alice’s unforgettable journey, as she learns that the most powerful story she will ever possess is her own.
‘Lush, powerful … This is an engrossing novel imbued with passion and reverence for the Australian natural world, with a cast of characters that inspire affection in the reader even as they make mistakes. Those who couldn’t put down The Natural Way of Things will find a gentler but no less compelling journey of female survival in this novel.’—Books+Publishing 5 star review
About the author
Holly Ringland grew up wild and barefoot in her mother’s tropical garden in Northern Australia. When she was nine years old, her family lived in a campervan for two years in North America, travelling from one national park to the next—an experience that sparked Holly’s lifelong interest in cultures and stories. In her twenties, Holly worked for four years in a remote Indigenous community in the central Australian desert. She moved to England in 2009 and obtained her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester in 2011. She now lives in the UK and Australia. Holly’s essays and short fiction have been published in various anthologies and literary journals.
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart has been sold to 20 territories around the world.
What readers are saying
Goodreads rating: 4.5 stars
‘Just how is this a debut? The writing is lyrical and poetic, a real joy to read.’—Joanna
‘Is it too early to say this is my favourite book of the year? It was beautiful and touching, Goodwood meets The Language of Flowers. Loved it!’—Ruth
What other writers are saying
‘An astonishingly assured debut, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is a story of love, loss, betrayal and the redemptive power of storytelling … both heartbreaking and life-affirming.’—Kate Forsyth
‘The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is a book that glows—in the fire and heart of it; in the wonder and hope of it. Holly Ringland is a gifted, natural storyteller and her novel—about finding magic in the dark; about the power of freedom and the freedom of story—is truly a light-giving, tender thing. A vivid, compelling, utterly moving debut.’—Brooke Davis
‘I loved this brave and beautiful book. Alice Hart has the strength and magic of an Australian wildflower in bloom.’—Favel Parrett
‘This novel shines with courage, with heart, and with love. Infused with a tender ferocity, and the beauty and warmth of native flowers, it invokes great stories of loss, kindness and home.’—Ashley Hay
‘The best fairytales traverse the darkest corners of the human heart, and this beautiful novel is no exception. Truth and illusion, devastation and triumph, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart will spit you out whole.’ —Myfanwy Jones
Hear from Holly
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