‘This extraordinary book is so beautiful, its heartbeat loud and clear as a bell. Filled with a voice that is both innocent and wise, it is a literary embodiment of the Heart Sutra.’ – Alice Pung
When the dead begin speaking to sixteen-year-old Kim Nguyen, her peaceful childhood is over. Suddenly everyone wants to exploit her new talent – her family, the Vietnamese government and even the spirits themselves.
The Other Shore is a delicate meditation on the nature of ghosts, belief and how the future is shaped by the past.
Following on from 2013’s successful winner, Midnight Blue and Endlessly Tall by Jane Jervis-Read, Seizure’s Viva La Novella competition is back! This initiative is unique in its support of writers and editors alike. Four talented editors each selected a manuscript to work on from of a pool of over 150 entries. The winning authors were announced at the Emerging Writer’s Festival in Melbourne in June 2014.
Hoa Pham is a writer and psychologist. Her first novel, Vixen, won the Best Young Writer of the Year award from the Sydney Morning Herald. Her play, Silence, was on the VCE Drama List. She lives in Melbourne with her partner and two children.
Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok.
In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki—son of a giant—blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.
Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose, these gods emerge with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.