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Praise for THE CHOKE

'The pace and push of the plot are unflagging, and Laguna expertly places the reader right inside Justine's young mind' TLS

'By turns lyrical and brutal' Irish Times

'Laguna's prose is both raw and beautiful, and will almost certainly break your heart' Heat

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'What a feat of suspenseful and tautly lyrical storytelling this is, a moving story that ends on a note of bittersweet hope' LoveReading

'Laguna builds suspense deftly and without mercy. From the moment The Choke begins, a slingshot's elastic is precisely, steadfastly being pulled back... and the stone Laguna lets fly ricochets inside you for days afterwards' Sydney Morning Herald

'A harrowing story ... saved by her sweetness, her dreamy perceptions and a feel for the natural world ... exceptional' Saga

'Poetic and moving ... it'll stick with you' Culturefly

'A devastating, raw, piercing and heart-breaking read' Sissi Reads

'Gloriously raw, heart-felt book that hooked me instantly' Ronnie Turner, author of Lies Between Us

'Emotive and raw, dealing unflinchingly with difficult subjects, Justine's story needs to be heard' Bookish Chat

'Laguna has beautifully captured the bewilderment of childhood and the emergence of adulthood in her character of Justine. It is so unquestionably heartbreaking ... an extraordinary read' Readings

'[Laguna] shows all the mastery of language that garnered her a Miles Franklin Award two years ago for The Eye of the Sheep ... full of richly drawn characters. Beauty and ugliness sit squatly side by side' The Big Issue

'Utterly addictive' The Herald Sun

'...a book that is both gritty and utterly exquisite. The Choke is another extraordinary novel from a writer who is never afraid to go deep into the darkest recesses of human depravity and find something beautiful.' Compulsive Reader

'In her sagacious way, Laguna manages to show both how an upbringing inescapably defines a person and the ways in which a person can rise phoenix-like from their past to create a life of their own reckoning' The Australian

Praise for Sofie Laguna

'An authentic voice, an evocation of childhood and memory that, for all its terrors, evokes the sublime, tragic moment when innocence submits to experience. Laguna creates a world and a character and a language that we become immersed within. That she does it with a subject matter of such destructive cruelty, that she does it with such rigor and power, is a testament to her craft, skill, and maturity.' Christos Tsolkias, author of The Slap

'Enriched with creative flair and a unique voice' Waterstone's Books Quaterly

'The language is pitch-perfect - it is the light in this dark tale...An engrossing exploration of the different ways people can find peace, the different ways humans respond to their environments, the small and large abuses that are constantly overlooked or allowed, and where that line lies.' The Age

'The power of this finely crafted novel lies in its raw, high-energy, coruscating language which is the world of young Jimmy Flick, who sees everything...The Eye of the Sheep is an extraordinary novel about love and anger, and how sometimes there is little between them.' Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015, judges' report

'Truthful and beautiful' Newcastle Herald

'Laguna's great skill is in conveying contradictory human depths.' Adelaide Advertiser

'Sofie Laguna has perfected the voice of a child. The Eye of the Sheep is a dark tale told with perfection' Culture Trip

'One Foot Wrong is an extraordinary achievement... orginal and compelling' The Big Issue

'One Foot Wrong will at times take your breath away...the darkest yet most poignant Alice in Wonderland imaginable' Media-Culture

'...bold writing, where everything is new again: Hester's adult word seen always through the endearing eyes of a child' The Australian

About the Author

Sofie Laguna won the 2018 Indie Book Award for Fiction for The Choke and her second novel for adults, The Eye of the Sheep - shortlisted for the Stella Prize - won the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award and was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her first novel for adults, One Foot Wrong, published throughout Europe, the US and the UK, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award. Sofie's many books for young people have been published in the US, the UK and in translation throughout Europe and Asia. She has been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Award, and her books have been named Honour Books and Notable Books by the Children's Book Council of Australia. Sofie lives in Melbourne with her husband, illustrator Marc McBride, and their two sons.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great writing, but a traumatic read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I so loved the main character
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner. Beautiful story!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly a great story
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5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent book
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