Aardvark Bureau Acquires ‘The Hope Fault’ by Tracy Farr



The Hope Fault brilliantly captures both the prickly detail and the slow geological shifts of family life. An intricate, intimate novel – and utterly humane.’ Anna Smaill, Booker-longlisted author of The Chimes

Jane Aitken at Aardvark Bureau, the world fiction imprint of the Belgravia Books Collective, has acquired WEL rights (ex ANZ) from Fremantle Press in Western Australia.

The Hope Fault is a celebration of the complexities of family and a meditation on the faultlines that threaten to unsettle our lives. In Cassetown, Geologue Bay, Iris and her extended family – her ex-husband and his wife and their new baby; her son and her best friend’s daughter – gather on a midwinter long weekend, to pack up the family holiday house now that it has been sold. They are together for one last time, one last weekend, one last party. As the house is stripped bare, their secrets – and the complex, messy nature of family relationships – will be revealed.

Farr’s debut novel, The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt, was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award and the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards and longlisted for Australia’s most prestigious prize, the Miles Franklin Award. It was published last year by Aardvark Bureau in the UK and the USA, where it was highlighted by the New York Times. The book proved a hit with bloggers and is rated an average of 4.5 stars on NetGalley and Goodreads.

Praise for The Hope Fault

‘Tracy Farr’s quietly brilliant second novel … is an accomplished, immersive, moving book. Highly recommended’ New Zealand Listener

‘Beautifully restrained … I recommend it highly. It is smart writing, it’s thoughtful and nuanced. It’s respectful of the reader, it lets you fill in the gaps, and it lets you leave gaps unfilled … It feels very much like home.’ Radio New Zealand

‘With its forgiving examination of relationships, The Hope Fault is a book for parents and unconventional families’ Books+Publishing

‘Tracy dares to go where many a writer might retreat’ Dame Fiona Kidman

About Tracy Farr

Tracy Farr is a writer and former research scientist who grew up in Perth, Western Australia. She left Australia in 1991; since then she’s lived and worked in Canada and, for the past twenty years, New Zealand. She lives in Wellington.


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