Bodies of Light

by Jennifer Down

  • Winner, Miles Franklin Literary Award, 2022
  • Shortlisted, Fiction, Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, 2022
  • Shortlisted, Stella Prize, 2022
  • Shortlisted, Fiction, The Age Book of the Year Award, 2022
  • Shortlisted, Barbara Jefferis Award, 2022
  • Shortlisted, Adult crime novels, Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards, 2022
  • Shortlisted, Voss Literary Prize, 2022
  • Longlisted, Dublin Literary Award, Ireland, 2023

    So by the grace of a photograph that had inexplicably gone viral, Tony had found me. Or: he’d found Maggie.

    I had no way of knowing whether he was nuts or not; whether he might go to the cops. Maybe that sounds paranoid, but I don’t think it’s so ridiculous. People have gone to prison for much lesser things than accusations of child-killing.

    A quiet, small-town existence. An unexpected Facebook message, jolting her back to the past. A history she’s reluctant to revisit: dark memories and unspoken trauma, warning knocks on bedroom walls, unfathomable loss.

    She became a new person a long time ago. What happens when buried stories are dragged into the light?

    This epic novel from the two-time Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year is a masterwork of tragedy and heartbreak—the story of a life in full. Sublimely wrought in devastating detail, Bodies of Light confirms Jennifer Down as one of the writers defining her generation.


    Format: Paperback
    Page Count: 448 Pages
    Imprint: Text Publishing 
    Published: Oct 2023
    ISBN: 9781922458957

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