Longlisted for the 2015 Stella Prize

Laurinda – Alice Pung

Fiction · Black Inc.


About the book

“This novel is much more than just a story of high school

– 2015 Stella Prize Judges

Alice Pung

About the author

Alice Pung

Further Reading


“There’s a strong sense that though ostensibly fiction, the novel is informed by real experiences, and the verisimilitude adds weight to the drama within and beyond the classroom. Pung continues to impress with her nuanced storytelling; Laurinda will surely resonate with anyone who remembers the cliquey, hierarchical nature of the playground.” – Thuy On, Sydney Morning Herald

“With Laurinda, Alice Pung has joined other Australian writers who are writing smart, funny YA fiction full of complex and engaging characters.” – Madeleine Crofts, The Lifted Brow

“This novel was like a time machine that shot me straight back to my own years in middle secondary school. On one level Laurinda is about a young girl’s struggle for identity and belonging, but it quickly deepens into a candid and powerful exploration of family, culture and class.” – Athina Clarke, Readings

Judges’ report

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