‘a lush, powerful and contemporary novel’ — bookseller + publisher
In this most enchanting debut of 2018, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart tells the story of a young girl, the 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 -- with a little help from the language of native flowers. Holly Ringland’s novel explores the power of stories, the cyclical nature of violence and the long shadow cast by trauma.
Set between the sugar cane fields of northern Queensland, a native Australian wildflower farm and a celestial crater in the central Australian desert, Ringland’s novel is a love letter to the Australian landscape and reminds us of the innate connection between self-identity and home.
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is also a celebration of the power of female relationships to conjure strength, resilience and hope -- even in the darkest times.
Meet publishing sensation (Lost Flowers has sold into nearly 20 territories pre-publication) and debut novelist Holly Ringland in conversation with Robyn Cadwallader, author of The Anchoress.
Tickets: $12 (includes a complimentary glass of house wine or soft drink)
Holly Ringland grew up barefoot and wild in her mother's tropical garden on the east coast of Australia. Her interest in cultures and stories was sparked by a two-year journey her family took in North America when she was nine years old, living in a camper van and travelling from one national park to another. In her twenties, Holly worked for four years in a remote Indigenous community in the central Australian desert. Moving to England in 2009, Holly obtained her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. Her essays and short fiction have been published in various anthologies and literary journals. She now lives between the UK and Australia. To any question ever asked of Holly about growing up, writing has always been the answer.