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The Choke

By (author) Sofie Laguna
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Gallic Books, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Aardvark Bureau
Published: 28th Mar 2019
Dimensions: w 129mm h 198mm d 22mm
Weight: 346g
Interest age: From 18 years
ISBN-10: 1910709573
ISBN-13: 9781910709573
Barcode No: 9781910709573
'By turns lyrical and brutal, The Choke is equal parts Greek tragedy and heart-breaking noir.' - The Irish Times "I never had words to ask anybody the questions, so I never had the answers..." Abandoned by her mother and seldom visited by her unpredictable, violent father, 10-year-old Justine is raised by her grandfather, Pop - a man tormented by visions of war. Through years of poverty and neglect, Justine finds solace in the staggering natural beauty of the nearby Murray River. But when outside threats infiltrate even this sanctuary, who is there to protect her from danger? Exposed to a lethal world, Justine must navigate the final years of her precarious childhood alone. She must find ways to endure, she must run when she has to, and, ultimately, she must fight back. Sofie Laguna, winner of the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award, once again shows she is a writer of rare empathy, originality and blazing talent.

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Praise for The Choke 'By turns lyrical and brutal, The Choke is equal parts Greek tragedy and heart-breaking noir.' The Irish Times

'Laguna's prose is both raw and beautiful, and will almost certainly break your heart.' Heat Magazine

Best Books of the Month (March) - Cosmopolitan

'A harrowing story... saved by her sweetness, her dreamy perceptions and a feel for the natural world... exceptional' Saga

'Poetic and moving... it'll stick with you' Culturefly

'A devastating, raw, piercing and heart-breaking read' Sissi Reads

'A truly mesmerising read' Bookmark That

'Gloriously raw, heart-felt book that hooked me instantly' Ronnie Turner

'Emotive and raw, dealing unflinchingly with difficult subjects, Justine's story needs to be heard' Bookish Chat

'A powerful and rare read' Never Imitate

'Laguna builds suspense deftly and without mercy. From the moment The Choke begins, a slingshot's elastic is precisely, steadfastly being pulled back... and the stone Laguna lets fly ricochets inside you for days afterwards.' Sydney Morning Herald

'Laguna has beautifully captured the bewilderment of childhood and the emergence of adulthood in her character of Justine. It is so unquestionably heartbreaking... an extraordinary read.' Readings

'...the stone Laguna lets fly ricochets inside you for days afterwards.' The Age

'[Laguna] shows all the mastery of language that garnered her a Miles Franklin Award two years ago for The Eye of the Sheep... full of richly drawn characters. Beauty and ugliness sit squatly side by side.' The Big Issue

'Utterly addictive' The Herald Sun

'...a book that is both gritty and utterly exquisite. The Choke is another extraordinary novel from a writer who is never afraid to go deep into the darkest recesses of human depravity and find something beautiful.' Compulsive Reader

'In her sagacious way, Laguna manages to show both how an upbringing inescapably defines a person and the ways in which a person can rise phoenix-like from their past to create a life of their own reckoning.' The Australian

Praise for Sofie Laguna 'An authentic voice, an evocation of childhood and memory that, for all its terrors, evokes the sublime, tragic moment when innocence submits to experience. Laguna creates a world and a character and a language that we become immersed within. That she does it with a subject matter of such destructive cruelty, that she does it with such rigor and power, is a testament to her craft, skill, and maturity.' Christos Tsolkias, author of The Slap

'Enriched with creative flair and a unique voice' Waterstone's Books Quaterly

'The language is pitch-perfect - it is the light in this dark tale...An engrossing exploration of the different ways people can find peace, the different ways humans respond to their environments, the small and large abuses that are constantly overlooked or allowed, and where that line lies.' The Age

'The power of this finely crafted novel lies in its raw, high-energy, coruscating language which is the world of young Jimmy Flick, who sees everything...The Eye of the Sheep is an extraordinary novel about love and anger, and how sometimes there is little between them.' Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015, judges' report

'Truthful and beautiful.' Newcastle Herald

'Laguna's great skill is in conveying contradictory human depths.' Adelaide Advertiser

'Sofie Laguna has perfected the voice of a child. The Eye of the Sheep is a dark tale told with perfection.' Culture Trip

'One Foot Wrong is an extraordinary achievement... orginal and compelling' The Big Issue

'One Foot Wrong will at times take your breath away...the darkest yet most poignant Alice in Wonderland imaginable.' Media-Culture

'...bold writing, where everything is new again: Hester's adult word seen always through the endearing eyes of a child.' The Australian