Shortlisted for the 2015 Stella Prize

The Eye of the Sheep – Sofie Laguna

Fiction · Allen & Unwin

The Eye of the Sheep

About the book

“she (Laguna) manages both the humour and the darkness of this story with great sensitivity and precision

– 2015 Stella Prize Judges

About the author

Sofie Laguna

Further Reading


“In Sofie Laguna’s hands, this is a magical piece of storytelling that uplifts as it gazes unflinchingly into the abyss of some people’s lives. To say it is an enjoyable read is to undermine its subject. What The Eye of the Sheep is, is a treatise on the indefatigable, that the human spirit must, does, ultimately triumph.” – Meredith Jaffe, The Hoopla

“In harnessing her storytelling facility to expose the flaws in the system with what is becoming trademark empathy, Laguna is an author proving the novel is a crucial document of the times.” – Louise Swinn, The Australian

“Laguna has vividly brought to life what it must be like to be a child, and a different kind of child, and the effect such a child and his condition can have on a family. By getting inside Jimmy’s mind, and showing what an amazing place it is, a book like this goes a long way toward explaining what a library of textbooks could not.” – Anne Susskind, Sydney Morning Herald

Judges’ report

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