Vogel Award Winner 2022 Announced

A big congratulations to author Nell Pierce who has won the The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award 2022 for her novel A Place Near Eden!

The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award is one of the most prestigious awards in Australia for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under thirty-five years of age. The award has launched the careers of some of Australia’s most successful writers, including Tim Winton and Kate Grenville.


A Place Near Eden
by Nell Pierce

Winner of the prestigious The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award.

How can we know the truth of our own lives? This question troubles Matilda, as she looks back on her time with her foster brother, Sem. Matilda remembers long hours at the swimming pool. Celeste, a girl who lived downstairs with her artist mother. Sem disappearing for hours, then days. Her father yelling in the driveway. A car coming to take Sem away.

Five years later, Matilda lives in Melbourne with her mother. Sem is now a memory she has locked away. Until, at a party, Matilda reconnects with Celeste and then Sem. Celeste and Matilda move out to the coast near Eden to house-sit. Sem follows, but as the long summer drags on, the atmosphere in the house becomes claustrophobic. When Sem starts disappearing again, Matilda finds herself on unsteady ground, haunted by their past.

One morning, after a night at the pub, Matilda wakes up scratched and hungover, with no memory of the previous night. Sem is once again gone. This time, for good. Matilda becomes consumed by an obsession to know if she is responsible for Sem’s disappearance. But the truth struggles to fit into a neat story.

Part absorbing mystery, part riveting family drama, A Place Near Eden is a story of the pursuit of truth and the ways we fail those we love.


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Happy Reading!
From the team at Robinsons Bookshop

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