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Gallic Books has acquired The Choke, by Sofie Laguna
Gallic Books has acquired The Choke (March 2019), by Miles Franklin winner Sofie Laguna: a quick, cruel, coming-of-age tale in the vein of recent remarkable works on dangerous girlhoods and disjointed families.
Jane Aitken, founder and MD of Gallic, bought UK, Europe & Commonwealth rights (excluding ANZ) from Maggie Thompson at Allen & Unwin.
Winner of the 2018 Australian Indie Best Novel prize (awarded to Jane Harper’s The Dry in 2017), Laguna has already wowed readers with her brilliant, haunting portrayal of a child navigating an often-uncaring world of male power, violence, poverty and neglect.
‘I never had words to ask anybody the questions, so I never had the answers…’
Mesmerising, harrowing, yet ultimately uplifting, The Choke focuses on a young girl’s complicated early-adolescence in the isolated, rural Australian outback. Abandoned by her mother as a toddler and rarely visited by her volatile father, Justine is begrudgingly raised by her grandfather, Pops. But there is no one to protect her from danger: her father is a criminal, and the world to which he exposes her can be lethal.
Justine is overlooked and underestimated, a shy and often silent observer of her chaotic world. She learns that she has to make sense of it on her own in spite of a lack of education, adequate nutrition, or support. She has to find ways to survive so much neglect. She must hang on to friendship when it comes, she must hide when she has to, and ultimately she must fight back.
Aitken said: ‘Justine is a child-narrator like no other, and Laguna’s uncommon talent lends itself to the telling of her story. The Choke touches on a number of difficult themes – domestic violence, sexual assault, PTSD and disability – but it is the beauty of Laguna’s writing that draws the reader in, making this a novel sure to touch the hearts of all who read it.’
The Choke – Awards
Shortlisted for the 2018 Victorian Premiere Literary Awards
Longlisted for the 2018 Stella Award
Shortlisted for the 2018 Australian Literary Gold Medal
Longlisted for the 2018 Kibble Award
Shortlisted for the 2018 Australian Book Industry Award
Winner of the 2018 Indie Award – Best Novel
Shortlisted for the 2018 ABA Booksellers Choice Award
Sofie Laguna is an Australian novelist who originally studied to be a lawyer, but after deciding law was not for her, she moved to Melbourne to train as an actor. Sofie worked for many years as an actor before she began to write – both for children and adults.
For more information, please contact Maddy Allen at Gallic Books on 020 7259 9336 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org