The publication of Anchor Point unveils an exciting new talent in Australian literature. Debut author Alice Robinson brilliantly portrays the landscape and characters of rural Australia in a powerful story about loyalty, loss and belonging.
As her parents clash over unwashed dishes and unlit fires, ten-year-old Laura works hard to keep the household running. When her mother disappears into the bush, Laura finds a farewell note and makes an impulsive decision that alters the course of her family’s life.
Despite her anger and grief, Laura helps her father clear their wild acreage to carve out a farm. But gradually they realise that while they may own the land, they cannot tame it – nor can they escape their past.
Anchor Point charts Laura’s life over the course of four decades as she tries to hold her family together and find her place in the world. Eventually, she has to confront the choices she has made and decide where she truly belongs. This is an eloquent, arresting and quintessentially Australian novel that no reader will easily forget.
Alice Robinson is a lecturer in creative writing at Melbourne Polytechnic. She has a PhD in creative writing from Victoria University and her work has been published widely, and is recognised as an important voice in the emerging genre of Climate Change Fiction. Anchor Point is her first novel.
“Alice Robinson’s writing is gritty, poetic and moving… a rare talent for compelling storytelling that explores the pressing issues of our time…” – Fiona Capp
Image: Anchor Point by Alice Robinson