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The Strays

(2016)
A novel by

 
 
Winner of the 2015 Stella Prize. Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript 2013, the Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction 2015, the Dobbie Literary Award 2015, and the NSW Premier's UTA Glenda Adams Award 2015. Longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Prize 2015.

On her first day at a new school, Lily befriends one of the daughters of infamous avant-garde painter Evan Trentham. He and his wife are trying to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other like-minded artists to live and work at their family home.

Lily becomes infatuated with this wild, makeshift family and longs to truly be a part of it. As the years pass, Lily observes the way the lives of these artists come to reflect the same themes as their art: Faustian bargains and spectacular falls from grace. Yet it's not Evan but his own daughters who pay the price for his radicalism.

The Strays is an engrossing story of ambition, sacrifice and compromised loyalties from an exciting new talent.

Genre: Literary Fiction    

Praise for this book

"The Strays deftly weaves together the past and the present in a compelling exploration of belonging, loyalty and ambition." - Paddy O'Reilly


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January 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Strays
Author(s): Emily Bitto
ISBN: 0-670-07008-4 / 978-0-670-07008-4 (USA edition)
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January 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Strays: A Novel
Author(s): Emily Bitto
ISBN: 1-4555-3772-1 / 978-1-4555-3772-3 (USA edition)
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January 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Strays: A Novel
Author(s): Emily Bitto
ISBN: 1-4555-3771-3 / 978-1-4555-3771-6 (USA edition)
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August 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Strays
Author(s): Emily Bitto
ISBN: 1-78507-951-4 / 978-1-78507-951-1 (UK edition)
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September 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Strays
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ISBN: 1-5318-7712-5 / 978-1-5318-7712-5
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September 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Strays
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September 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Strays
Author(s): Emily Bitto
Publisher: Audible Studios
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January 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Strays
Author(s): Emily Bitto
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
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January 2017 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Strays: A Novel
Author(s): Emily Bitto
Publisher: Twelve
Availability: Amazon   


August 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Strays
Author(s): Emily Bitto
Publisher: Legend Press
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May 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Strays
Author(s): Emily Bitto
Publisher: Affirm Press
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May 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Strays
Author(s): Emily Bitto
Publisher: Affirm Press
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