Shortlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize

Hope Farm – Peggy Frew

Fiction · Scribe Publications

Hope farm

About the book

“In spite of its darkness, Hope Farm is written in prose infused with love and wonder for the world.

– 2016 Stella Prize Judges

Peggy Frew

About the author

Peggy Frew

Further Reading

“One of the final strengths of  Frew’s writing is her instinct not to veer into cliche.  As with growing up, there are many bright instances in Hope Farm, but where one might hope, despite it all, for relief, Frew is beautifully and necessarily steadfast.” Jessica Au, The Sydney Morning Herald

“Hope Farm is a nuanced, painful novel. In exploring what happens to the love between a parent and child when the rules of that relationship dissolve, and where the freedoms overwhelm, Frew exposes the raw tenderness of loving but not being loved in return. For that, forgiveness may simply never be enough.’ Meredith Jaffe, The Guardian

“Hope Farm is a gorgeously written gem of a novel. I have not come across another Australian novel yet this year that I have enjoyed more.” Jason Austin, Readings


Listen to Peggy Frew discuss Hope Farm on ABC Radio National’s Books and Arts Daily. 

Read an interview with Peggy about her debut novel, House of Sticks, on the Readings blog.

Judges’ report

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