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Belinda Castles Belinda Castles i(A19048 works by)
Born: Established: 1971
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1996
Heritage: English
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Belinda Castles holds a Masters Degree in novel writing from the University of Manchester, UK. She has worked as a freelance editor, copywriter and manuscript assessor.

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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Bluebottle Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 13556308 2018 single work novel

'With sea-salt authenticity, Belinda Castles sets the Bright family in the sprawling paradise of Bilgola Beach. But darkness is found both in the iconic setting as well as in the disturbing behaviour of one of the family.

'As he tilted the blinds she saw her mother in her tennis whites, standing at the kitchen bench, staring out into the dark bushland that bordered their houses. That was what Tricia did these days, looked into the bush as though it would attack one of them.

'On a sweltering day in a cliff-top beach shack, Jack and Lou Bright grow suspicious about the behaviour of their charismatic, unpredictable father, Charlie. A girl they know has disappeared, and as the day unfolds, Jack's eruptions of panic, Lou's sultry rebellions and their little sister Phoebe's attention-seeking push the family towards revelation.

'Twenty years later, the Bright children have remained close to the cliff edges, russet sand and moody ocean of their childhood. Behind the beautiful surfaces of their daily lives lies the difficult landscape of their past, always threatening to break through. And then, one night in late summer, they return to the house on the cliff...

'Gripping and evocative, Bluebottle is a story of a family bound by an inescapable past, from the award-winning author of The River Baptists and Hannah and Emil.' (Publication summary)

2019 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
2019 longlisted The Stella Prize
y separately published work icon Hannah and Emil Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2012 Z1879347 2012 single work novel historical fiction 'Emil and Hannah live their lives amid the turmoil of 20th-century history. Emil, a German veteran of the Great War, has returned home to a disturbed nation. As inflation and unemployment edge the country near collapse, Emil's involvement with the resistance ultimately forces him from his family and his home. Hannah, soaked in the many languages of her upbringing as a Russian Jew in the West End of London and intent on experiencing the world, leaves home for Europe, travelling into a continent headed again towards total war. In Brussels, she meets the devastated Emil, who has just crossed the border on foot from Nazi Germany, leaving tragedy in his wake. All too briefly, they make a life in England before war strikes, and Emil, an enemy alien, is interned and then sent away. Hannah, determined to find him, prepares herself for a lonely and dangerous journey across the seas' (Publisher website).
2013 winner Asher Literary Award
y separately published work icon The River Baptists 2006 Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2007 Z1308837 2006 single work novel

'Set in a small riverside community, The River Baptists tells the story of Rose, bunkered down in a borrowed house overlooking the river, grieving for her dead father and waiting for her baby to be born. It is also the story of Danny, another refugee from life elsewhere, hiding out from his violent father and dreaming of owning a block of land on the river. Then there are the river old-timers, who miss nothing and forget less, and a newcomer who cares nothing for the locals, or the secrets of the past. Set over the course of a long hot tense summer, when sparks constantly threaten to ignite bushfires, the tight-knit riverside community is set alight by confidences betrayed and a renewed age-old grudge.

'And through it all flows the mysterious pulse of the river, indifferent, deep and calm, offering the possibility of life and death, renewal and rebirth.' (Publisher's blurb)

2006 winner The Australian / Vogel National Literary Award (for an unpublished manuscript)
2008 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
2008 joint winner The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year
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