The Octopus and I

Author(s): Erin Hortle

Fiction | Staff Picks

A stunning debut novel set on the Tasmanian coast that lays bare the wild, beating heart at the intersection of human and animal, love and loss, and fear and hope.

Review by Kat;


'Seven years ago Lucy moved to Tasmania for a marketing job at a Tasmanian devil reservation park, and met Jem, in that time she’s had and recovered from breast and ovarian cancer, and is now recalibrating to the world and, specifically, to her new breast. But, after a traumatic event disfigures her still healing body, Lucy’s life and body become inextricably intertwined with octopuses—the creature at the centre of the trauma. A beautiful debut brimming with charm. Hortle has a wonderful eye for character, man, woman, animal, her prose is as sparkling as the landscape she writes about. I think Hortle has found a new way to write the small town Australian novel. Stunning.'


- Kat, Bookseller at Collins Booksellers Moonee Ponds

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General Fields

  • : 9781760875640
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : December 2019
  • : ---length:- '23.4'width:- '15.3'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Erin Hortle
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 368
  • : FA