on 27 July, 2015

Congratulations to Eleanor Limprecht

Congratulations to Eleanor Limprecht on the publication of her second novel, Long Bay, to be launched by Debra Adelaide. (see details below)

"Part of Long Bay was written at a Varuna Fellowship Writing Retreat in 2013."

Set in Sydney in the first decade of the 1900s, Long Bay is based on the true case of a young female abortionist who was convicted of manslaughter and served out her sentence in the newly opened Long Bay Women’s Reformatory – the first of its kind in Australia. The woman, Rebecca Sinclair, was pregnant when she went to prison.

Long Bay is a compelling fictional account of how Rebecca became involved in the burgeoning illegal abortion racket in Edwardian-era Sydney and how she was drawn into Donald Sinclair’s underworld.

In unadorned prose, it examines the limiting effects of poverty, the mistakes we make for love, and the bond between mother and child.

"In equal parts harrowing and mesmerising, Long Bay is simply a wonderful book. Rebecca Sinclair is a character who will live on in my memory long after turning the final page on her story - which seems only just, as Limprecht has surely rescued an otherwise forgotten women from archival obscurity. What makes a society civil? What constitutes evil? At what cost freedom? Who pays the price of love? And, when your back's against the wall, where does love end and survival begin? Deftly researched, deeply satisfying." - Clare Wright, author of The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

"Limprecht is a fine writer - her prose is elegant and assured, and her representation of life in Sydney shortly after Federation is wonderfully evocative." - Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites

Sleepers Publishing   www.sleeperspublishing.com
Eleanor Limprecht's website: www.eleanorlimprecht.com

Article about 'Long Bay'

'From the Facts Comes a Mystery From the Novel Comes a Truth'
Author Eleanor Limprecht on the inspiration behind her latest novel, Long Bay (Sleepers, Aug 2015)

I live in the hilly Sydney suburb of Maroubra, so when I go for a run I choose the flattest route. This is south along Anzac Parade, past suburban blocks and then beside the razor wire, parking lots and concrete façade of Long Bay Correctional Centre. Look closely and you can glimpse some original sandstone walls and older buildings behind the wire. It makes you wonder about the history of the place.
Long Bay opened in 1909 as a Women’s Reformatory and was the first purpose-built institution of its kind in Australia. Many of the notorious female criminals involved in the razor gangs of the 1920s were prisoners there: women with familiar names like Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine.

For full article, click here.

Launch details: All most welcome, please RSVP (see below).

When: Friday, September 4th, 6 for 6.30pm
Where: Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Road Glebe
RSVP: Online or phone (02) 9660 2333