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y The Strays single work   novel   historical fiction  
Issue Details: First known date: 2014 2014
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'On her first day of school, Lily Struthers meets Eva, one of the daughters of the infamous avant-garde artist Evan Trentham. He and his wife are attempting to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other like-minded artists to live and work with them at their family home. As Lily’s friendship with Eva grows, she becomes infatuated with this artist colony, longing to truly belong to this makeshift family.

'Looking back on those years later in life, Lily realises that this utopian circle involved the same themes as Evan Trentham’s art: Faustian bargains and terrible recompense; spectacular fortunes and falls from grace. Yet it was not Evan, nor the other artists he gathered around him, but his own daughters, who paid the debt that was owing.

'The Strays is an engrossing story of ambition, sacrifice and compromised loyalties from an exciting new talent.'

Source: Publisher's blurb. (Sighted: 30/1/2014)

Notes

  • Epigraph:

    'To burn always with this hard, gem-like flame,

    to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life'

    – Walter Pater

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Affirm Press , 2014 .
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      Note/s:
      • Published 1 May 2014.
      ISBN: 9781922213211
    • South Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Affirm Press , 2015 .
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      Extent: 290p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 1st November 2015
      ISBN: 9781925344202

Works about this Work

This Is Not a Memoir: the C-word in Women’s Writing Marta Skrabacz , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , September 2016;
Stella Prize 2015: The Shortlisted Authors on the Stories behind Their Books Emily Bitto , Christine Kenneally , Sofie Laguna , Ellen van Neerven , Maxine Beneba Clarke , Joan London , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 17 April 2015;
Winning Debut for Emily Bitto’s ‘Original, Engaging’ Novel Debut Novel Proves a Stella Effort for Young Writer; Bitto's Stella Performance Proves a Winning Debut Jason Steger , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 22 April 2015; (p. 12) The Canberra Times , 22 April 2015; (p. 8) The Sydney Morning Herald , 22 April 2015; (p. 10)
Debut Effort Proves a Stella Performance Stephen Romei , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 22 April 2015; (p. 3)
Emily Bitto Wins 2015 Stella Prize for Her Debut Novel, The Strays Nancy Groves , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 21 April 2015;
Debut Novelist Emily Bitto Wins the Stella Prize Michelle Smith , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 22 April 2015;
The Strays Wins the Stella, Shortlisted for the Dobbie 2015 single work column
— Appears in: Books + Publishing , July vol. 95 no. 1 2015; (p. 7)
y The Strays by Emily Bitto Khadija Caffoor , Melbourne : CAE Book Group , 2015 9463832 2015 single work criticism
Emily Britto : The Strays Donna Lu , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , April 2015;

— Review of The Strays Emily Bitto 2014 single work novel
Artistic Licence Emily Laidlaw , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Books + Publishing , February vol. 93 no. 3 2014; (p. 24)
Review : The Strays James Tierney , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 361 2014; (p. 52)

— Review of The Strays Emily Bitto 2014 single work novel
[Untitled] Emily Laidlaw , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Books + Publishing , February vol. 93 no. 3 2014; (p. 20)

— Review of The Strays Emily Bitto 2014 single work novel
Painting a Vivid Picture of Friendship Blanche Clark , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 14 June 2014; (p. 19)

— Review of The Strays Emily Bitto 2014 single work novel
'A city's rick art history provided the inspiration for Emily Bitto's debut novel...'
A Picture of Loneliness at the Dark Heart of Art Eloquent Portrait of a Destructive Artist Michael McGirr , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 21 June 2014; (p. 23) The Age , 21 June 2014; (p. 35) The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 June 2014; (p. 35)

— Review of The Strays Emily Bitto 2014 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 21 June 2014; (p. 25)

— Review of The Strays Emily Bitto 2014 single work novel ; Currawong Manor Josephine Pennicott 2014 single work novel
Speak, Memory Ruby Todd , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing , October vol. 18 no. 2 2014;

— Review of The Strays Emily Bitto 2014 single work novel
[Untitled] Emily Laidlaw , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Books + Publishing , February vol. 93 no. 3 2014; (p. 20)

— Review of The Strays Emily Bitto 2014 single work novel
Review : The Strays James Tierney , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 361 2014; (p. 52)

— Review of The Strays Emily Bitto 2014 single work novel
Painting a Vivid Picture of Friendship Blanche Clark , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 14 June 2014; (p. 19)

— Review of The Strays Emily Bitto 2014 single work novel
'A city's rick art history provided the inspiration for Emily Bitto's debut novel...'
A Picture of Loneliness at the Dark Heart of Art Eloquent Portrait of a Destructive Artist Michael McGirr , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 21 June 2014; (p. 23) The Age , 21 June 2014; (p. 35) The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 June 2014; (p. 35)

— Review of The Strays Emily Bitto 2014 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 21 June 2014; (p. 25)

— Review of The Strays Emily Bitto 2014 single work novel ; Currawong Manor Josephine Pennicott 2014 single work novel
Speak, Memory Ruby Todd , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing , October vol. 18 no. 2 2014;

— Review of The Strays Emily Bitto 2014 single work novel
Emily Britto : The Strays Donna Lu , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , April 2015;

— Review of The Strays Emily Bitto 2014 single work novel
Artistic Licence Emily Laidlaw , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Books + Publishing , February vol. 93 no. 3 2014; (p. 24)
Stella Prize 2015: The Shortlisted Authors on the Stories behind Their Books Emily Bitto , Christine Kenneally , Sofie Laguna , Ellen van Neerven , Maxine Beneba Clarke , Joan London , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 17 April 2015;
Winning Debut for Emily Bitto’s ‘Original, Engaging’ Novel Debut Novel Proves a Stella Effort for Young Writer; Bitto's Stella Performance Proves a Winning Debut Jason Steger , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 22 April 2015; (p. 12) The Canberra Times , 22 April 2015; (p. 8) The Sydney Morning Herald , 22 April 2015; (p. 10)
Debut Effort Proves a Stella Performance Stephen Romei , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 22 April 2015; (p. 3)
Emily Bitto Wins 2015 Stella Prize for Her Debut Novel, The Strays Nancy Groves , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 21 April 2015;
Debut Novelist Emily Bitto Wins the Stella Prize Michelle Smith , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 22 April 2015;
The Strays Wins the Stella, Shortlisted for the Dobbie 2015 single work column
— Appears in: Books + Publishing , July vol. 95 no. 1 2015; (p. 7)
y The Strays by Emily Bitto Khadija Caffoor , Melbourne : CAE Book Group , 2015 9463832 2015 single work criticism
This Is Not a Memoir: the C-word in Women’s Writing Marta Skrabacz , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , September 2016;
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