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The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart
Released the same day as the standard print edition
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart
Written by:
Holly Ringland 
Read by:
Louise Crawford 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
13 hours 44 minutes 
March 19 2018 
Available Date:
March 19 2018 
Age Category:
Fiction; Australian Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Family Sagas 
Bolinda/HarperCollins audio 
Bolinda price
AUD$ 14.95
AUD$ 14.95

Winner Australian Book Industry Award / General Fiction Book of the Year 2019
Longlisted Australian Book Industry Award / Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year 2019

The most enchanting debut novel of 2018, this is an irresistible, deeply moving and romantic story of a young girl, daughter of an abusive father, who has to learn the hard way that she can break the patterns of the past, live on her own terms and find her own strength.

Nine-year-old Alice Hart grows up in an isolated, idyllic home between sugar cane fields and the sea, where her mother’s enchanting flowers and their hidden messages shelter her from the dark moods of her father. When tragedy irrevocably changes her life, Alice goes to live with the grandmother she never knew existed, on an Australian native flower farm that gives refuge to women who, like Alice, are lost or broken. In the Victorian tradition, every flower has a meaning and, as she settles into her new life, Alice uses this language of native flowers to say the things that are too hard to speak. As she grows older, family secrecy, a devastating betrayal and a man who’s not all he seems combine to make Alice realise there are some stories that flowers alone cannot tell. If she is to have the freedom she craves, she must find the courage to possess the most powerful story she knows: her own.

‘Not everyone who visits the central Australian desert understands the landscape of it. Holly Ringland does and shares her heart instincts in this epic telling. Each page arrives to us like the first flight of the butterfly from its cocoon. The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is a literary gift.’
Ali Cobby Eckermann, Indigenous Australian Poet, author of Ruby Moonlight

‘A complex, literary debut that examines the dangerously fine line between care and control, sanctuary and prison. Holly’s writing is rich, vibrant and alive with the messy, sometimes violent song of human connection. She is a writer to watch out for.’
Jenn Ashworth, author of Fell

‘The best fairy tales traverse the darkest corners of the human heart, and this beautiful novel is no exception. Truth and illusion, devastation and triumph, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart will spit you out whole.’
Myfanwy Jones, Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlisted author of Leap