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Sofie Laguna Sofie Laguna i(A69209 works by)
Born: Established: 1968 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Sofie Laguna trained as a lawyer, but has since worked as an author, actor, and playwright. She graduated as an actor from the Victorian College of Arts in 1992. She has also studied Professional Writing and Editing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Laguna began publishing stories for children in the early 2000s and published ten children's books and picture books before she released her first novel for adults, One Foot Wrong, in 2008. She has continued to write for children, but has also published two more highly acclaimed novels for adults: The Eye of the Sheep and The Choke. Laguna's children's books are regularly honour books at the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, and The Eye of the Sheep won the 2015 Miles Franklin Award (for which she had been longlisted in 2009 for One Foot Wrong).

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2014 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships New Work - Established Writers 14-15 Fiction
2006 Literature Board Grants Grants for Established Writers $30,000 for young adult literature writing

Awards for Works

The Choke 2017 single work novel

'Abandoned by her mother and only occasionally visited by her secretive father, Justine is raised by her pop, a man tormented by visions of the Burma Railway. Justine finds sanctuary in Pop's chooks and The Choke, where the banks of the Murray River are so narrow it seems they might touch - a place of staggering natural beauty. But the river can't protect Justine from danger. Her father is a criminal, and the world he exposes her to can be lethal.

'Justine is overlooked and underestimated, a shy and often silent observer of her chaotic world. She learns that she has to make sense of it on her own. She has to find ways to survive so much neglect. She must hang on to friendship when it comes, she must hide when she has to, and ultimately she must fight back.

'The Choke is a brilliant, haunting novel about a child navigating an often dark and uncaring world of male power and violence, in which grown-ups can't be trusted and comfort can only be found in nature. This compassionate and claustrophobic vision of a child in danger and a society in trouble celebrates above all the indomitable nature of the human spirit.' (Synopsis)

2018 shortlisted Voss Literary Prize
2018 shortlisted Booksellers Choice Award
2018 longlisted Kibble Literary Awards Nita Kibble Literary Award
2018 shortlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
2018 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2018 longlisted The Stella Prize
2018 winner Indie Awards Fiction
2018 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
The Eye of the Sheep 2014 single work novel historical fiction

'Ned was beside me, his messages running easily through him, with space between each one, coming through him like water. He was the go-between, going between the animal kingdom and this one. I watched the waves as they rolled and crashed towards us, one after another, never stopping, always changing. I knew what was making them come, I had been there and I would always know.

'Meet Jimmy Flick. He's not like other kids - he's both too fast and too slow. He sees too much, and too little. Jimmy's mother Paula is the only one who can manage him. She teaches him how to count sheep so that he can fall asleep. She holds him tight enough to stop his cells spinning. It is only Paula who can keep Jimmy out of his father's way. But when Jimmy's world falls apart, he has to navigate the unfathomable world on his own, and make things right.' (Publication summary)

2016 longlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2015 shortlisted Voss Literary Prize
2015 winner Miles Franklin Literary Award
2015 shortlisted The Stella Prize
2014 commended The Fellowship of Australian Writers Victoria Inc. National Literary Awards FAW Christina Stead Award
1836 : Do You Dare? : Fighting Bones 2014 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'Fighting Bones is the convict-era adventure in this series of exciting, action-packed Australian stories for boys aged 8 to 12.

'Irish brothers Danny and Declan Sheehan are inmates at Tasmania's Point Puer prison for convict boys in 1836. When tragedy strikes and the prison bully is on the rampage, escape is their only chance to survive... But will they dare?

'It's an adventure in history.' (Publication summary)

2015 longlisted Davitt Award Best Children's Novel
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