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Allen & Unwin is thrilled to be publishing the explosive new novel by Heather Rose—the award-winning author of The Museum of Modern Love—in October 2019.


Hear Heather introduce the novel


From the publisher

‘I read this novel in a fever, utterly gripped and racing to know more as Heather’s amazing story unfolded. I could not have been more astonished or delighted by Bruny—without doubt it is one of the most dazzlingly original novels I’ve ever read, along with The Museum of Modern Love! Bruny is pure and unalloyed reading pleasure: sophisticated, warm, knowing, tender, moving, ingenious, addictive and deliciously and jaw-droppingly subversive. Heather is an astonishingly imaginative and gifted writer and in Bruny she has created a genre-busting marvel that is a joy to read. I’ve now read it several times and still feel freshly surprised by it and completely elated by the reading experience. Bruny is magnificent!’
Jane Palfreyman, A&U Publisher


And from A&U staff

Bruny is totally original. It’s both a page-turning thriller and a literary tour de force that makes you want to savour every sentence. At its heart is an outrageous premise, but one which we know has the terrifying ring of truth. Its appeal is as deep as Bass Strait and as broad as Australia.’
—Tom Gilliatt, Publishing Director

‘Heather Rose has brought all her talent and insight to this novel that, while very different to The Museum of Modern Love, is still distinctly Heather’s vision. It is an irresistible and prescient book, hard to put down once you’ve started—a thriller, family drama and romance all rolled into one. It took me to places that I didn’t expect, has me howling its praises to all who will listen, and has got me planning a trip to Bruny Island. Unforgettable.’
—Louise Cornegé, Head of Publicity

‘Right from the opening pages I was hooked. Bruny is such an insightful commentary on Tasmania, Australia, and the world today. It’s not just a tremendous book—it’s a tremendously important book. I loved it.’
—Christa Munns, Senior Editor

‘What a ride! It took me by surprise so many times. Heather’s ambition is exceeded by her masterful execution. Be prepared to be blown away by this incredible book which is going to have everyone talking in 2019.’
—Matt Hoy, Sales Director

‘An absolute page-turner—a phenomenal political thriller, family drama enveloped in a love story. As soon as I had finished Bruny I wanted to read it all over again. Definitely a must-read for 2019!’
—Fleur Hamilton, Head of Consumer Marketing


About the book

Bruny is a searing, subversive, brilliant novel about family, love, loyalty and the new world order.  

A right-wing US president has withdrawn America from the Middle East and the UN. Daesh has a thoroughfare to the sea and China is Australia’s newest ally. When a bomb goes off in remote Tasmania, Astrid Coleman agrees to return home to help her brother before an upcoming election. But this is no simple task. Her brother and sister are on either side of politics, the community is full of conspiracy theories, and her father is quoting Shakespeare. Only on Bruny does the world seem sane. Until Astrid discovers how far the government is willing to go.


About the author

Heather Rose is the Australian author of eight novels. Her seventh novel The Museum of Modern Love won the 2017 Stella Prize. It also won the 2017 Christina Stead Prize and the 2017 Margaret Scott Prize. It has been published internationally and translated into numerous languages. Both The Museum of Modern Love and The Butterfly Man were longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. The Butterfly Man won the Davitt Award in 2006, and in 2007 The River Wife won the international Varuna Eleanor Dark Fellowship. Heather writes with Danielle Wood under the pen-name Angelica Banks and their Tuesday McGillycuddy children’s series has twice been shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards for best children’s fantasy. Angelica Banks is also published internationally. Heather lives by the sea in Tasmania.



Heather Rose will be available for events during October. If you are interested in holding an event with Heather, please contact Christine Farmer email:


Reading copy giveaway

Be one of the first to read Bruny. Email us at with ‘Bruny’ in the subject line for your chance to receive one of 10 proof copies.




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