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Closing Down

Sally Abbott

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Science fiction

Conjuring a dark future for Australia, CLOSING DOWN gives us a glimpse into a world fractured by a financial crisis and the effects of global climate change. The inaugural winner of The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.

Shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for a Science Fiction Novel 2017

'a polished, accomplished, imaginative novel' - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD


What would you do if all you held to be familiar was lost?

Australia's rural towns and communities are closing down, much of Australia is being sold to overseas interests, states and countries and regions are being realigned worldwide.

Town matriarch Granna Adams, her grandson Roberto, the lonely and thoughtful Clare - all try in their own way to hold on to their sense of self, even as the world around them fractures.

The past is long gone. The question now is: do they have a future?

An extraordinary and timely debut novel from a compelling new Australian voice

'an arresting vision of survival and resilience in a broken world' - AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW 'The characters and their strange world are so powerfully drawn that the book's oppressive mood lingers with the reader long after they've looked up from the page.' - SATURDAY PAPER

'...a disturbingly good read' - MARIE CLAIRE

'Like all good speculative fiction, Sally Abbott has taken what's happening in the geo-politico-social sphere and ramped it up to the nth degree.' - THE BIG ISSUE

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Praise for Closing Down

  • a polished, accomplished, imaginative novel - Sydney Morning Herald

  • Like all good speculative fiction, Sally Abbott has taken what's happening in the geo-politico-social sphere and ramped it up to the nth degree. - The Big Issue

  • The characters and their strange world are so powerfully drawn that the book's oppressive mood lingers with the reader long after they've looked up from the page. - The Saturday Paper

  • an arresting vision of survival and resilience in a broken world - Australian Review of Books

  • Closing Down is a fitting - if terribly foreshadowing - story for today's political climate. - Books + Publishing

  • I haven't been able to stop thinking about Sally Abbott's debut Closing Down since I finished reading it. - Readings

  • I absolutely loved Closing Down and strongly recommend everyone read it. - Readings

  • Abbott is strikingly effective at identifying the faultlines that run through our increasingly divided society and the degree to which the powerful immure themselves from the effects of their actions - Weekend Australian

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The 2018 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers

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Aurealis Awards 2017 Shortlist

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Hachette Australia and the Emerging Writers’ Festival announce The Richell Prize winner

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2017 Richell Prize Longlist

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The 2018 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers

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2017 Richell Prize Longlist

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Sally Abbott

Sally Abbott is a former journalist and a PR Director who lives in Central Victoria with her partner. She was the inaugural winner of The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers in 2015. CLOSING DOWN is her first novel.

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