A stunning novel of love and courage by the bestselling author of The Passengers.
As she grows up, the secluded refuge of the lazaret becomes Alice's entire world, her mother and the other patients and medical staff her only human contact. The patients have access to a private sandstone-edged beach, their own rowboat, a piano and a library of books, but Alice is tired of the smallness of her life and is thrilled by the thought of the outside world. It is only when Guy, a Yuwaalaraay man wounded in World War I, arrives at The Coast, that Alice begins to experience what she has yearned for, as they become friends and then something deeper.
Filled with vivid descriptions of the wild beauty of the sea cliffs and beaches surrounding the harsh isolation of the lazaret, and written in evocative prose, The Coast is meticulously researched historical fiction that holds a mirror to the present day. Heartbreaking and soul-lifting, it is a universal story of love, courage, sacrifice and resilience.
'A compelling story of loss and liberty and the capacity of the human mind to transcend boundaries' - Meg Keneally, author of Fled
'Riveting and heart-wrenching' - Mirandi Riwoe, author of The Burnished Sun
'Few books have touched me so deeply' - Suzanne Leal, author of The Deceptions