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Long Bay

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It’s Sydney, 1909. A woman dies when Rebecca Sinclair performs an abortion. The verdict sends Rebecca to the Long Bay Women’s Penitentiary—just opened—for three years. Complicating the situation still further—Rebecca herself is pregnant.

Inspired by letters found in an archive and a photograph of a young woman prisoner, Long Bay is a compelling, moving novel that reveals the harsh realities of living in poverty—and falling in love.

Long Bay is that rare thing: a historical novel untainted by sentimentality, with a story not only fascinating in the context of its time, but made relevant to our modern world.’ — Hannah Kent, Burial Rites

First published in 2015, it went out of print with the closure of its original publisher, Sleepers Publishing.

Eleanor Limprecht is an essayist, short story writer, reviewer and novelist. She is the author of What Was Left (2013), also in the Untapped Collection; Long Bay (2015) and The Passengers (2018). Her new novel, The Coast, will be published in 2022. For more information visit

Genre: Literary Fiction

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"A moving and vividly realised novel. Limprecht is a fine writer." - Hannah Kent

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Paperback Editions

August 2015 : Australia Paperback

Title: Long Bay
Author(s): Eleanor Limprecht
ISBN: 0-9875070-4-4 / 978-0-9875070-4-4 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Sleepers Publishing
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Kindle Editions

December 2021 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Long Bay
Author(s): Eleanor Limprecht
Publisher: Ligature
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