Shortlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize

Pink Mountain on Locust Island – Jamie Marina Lau

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Pink Mountain on Locust Island

About the book

“Reading this book is the literary equivalent of riding a rollercoaster while listening to a virtuoso violin performance by a child prodigy.”

– 2019 Stella Prize Judges

About the author

Jamie Marina Lau

Jamie Marina Lau (劉劍冰) is a twenty-one-year-old writer and musician from Melbourne. Her work can be found in CorditeROOKIEVoiceworks, the Art Hoe Collective and in Monash University’s 2016 anthology Futures. She is currently studying film and literature, producing music, and working on more fiction.

Further Reading


“There is iridescence in this splatter artwork of a novel but, like its cover of light pink splotches against a matt black background, there’s also unknowingness and darkness.”
Thuy On, The Australian

“Lau’s surreal prose captures the confusion of adolescence in the 21st century. Vivid, inventive descriptions of yum cha, high-school friendships and claustrophobic apartment living evoke the experience of growing up in a diasporic community and the sensory overload of being surrounded by people, yet still alone. A stylish yet moving glimpse into the loneliness of being a teenage girl, Pink Mountain on Locust Island heralds the arrival of an electric new Australian writer.” Kelsey Oldham, Books+Publishing

“Pink Mountain on Locust Island reads like a fever dream or a drug-induced hallucination. Jamie Marina Lau presents a surreal, electronic parable that sweeps us through the confusing hell that is Monk’s life growing up in the digital age.” Annie Zhang, Honi Soit 


Listen to ‘A Conversation with Jamie Marina Lau’ on The Readings Podcast

Read ‘Working with Words: Jamie Marina Lau’ on The Wheeler Centre

Read ‘Interview #67: Jamie Marina Lau’ on Liminal

Judges’ report

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