Shortlisted for the 2015 Stella Prize

Heat and Light – Ellen Van Neerven

Fiction · UQP

Heat and Light

About the book

“Van Neerven writes with the confidence, maturity, and subtlety of someone twice her age, and with startling originality.

– 2015 Stella Prize Judges

Ellen Van Neerven

About the author

Ellen Van Neerven

Further Reading


“[van Neerven] writes with the confidence, maturity and subtlety of someone twice her age, and with startling originality.” – Kerryn Goldsworth, Sydney Morning Herald

“Many writers attempt to convey the sense of foreboding that exists ‘out there’, beyond the big cities and seaboards of the country. Some fail. Few succeed to the extent that exists between the pages ofHeat and Light. The maturity displayed by van Neerven is evident immediately.” – Tony Birch, Readings

“[van Neerven] establishes herself here as a writer of imagination and intelligence, not afraid to mix fantastic visions with the heat of desire or the need to belong. This is a compelling and revelatory collection.” – Linda Funnell, Newtown Review of Books

“[T]he writing is at once sharp, edgy and personal, direct and powerful in its honesty and intimacy … This is a very fine debut from a talented writer.” – David Gaunt, Books+Publishing

Judges’ report

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