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The Art of Taxidermy


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A lyrical verse novel exploring love and grief and the strange and wonderful art of taxidermy.

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Sharon Kernot writes poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals, magazines and anthologies including Island, Mascara Literary Journal, Best Australian Poems, and Australian Love Stories.


`Completely mesmerising, fresh and unexpected.' -- Diana Sweeney, winner of 2013 Text Prize
`An intense exploration of grief.' -- Steven Herrick
`[An] exquisite lyrical verse novel...[A] sharply evocative tale.' * West Weekend *
`The work couples the swift, clipped charm of a verse novel and the unpredictable beauty of the Australian landscape in a captivating manner that showcases an author entirely comfortable with her form...Lingers in the mind for weeks afterwards.' * Tulpa Magazine *
`Kernot has created an intriguing tale of mystery and the imagination with a haunting ambience that the ghost of Edgar Allan Poe would recognise and admire...this is a delightful story about grief transformed and the urge to resurrect and to re-create.' * Saturday Paper *
`This book is beautifully written...while the novel is about grief, it is also about the importance of remembering and keeping the memory of loved ones alive.' * Magpies Magazine *
`In lyrical language, Kernot draws a comparison between the Australian bush and death: both are beautiful and desolate at once.' * Readings *
`Kernot's writing is imbued with life and grace and moments of infectious joy.' * SA Weekend *
`[An] exquisitely crafted verse novel.' * NZ Listener, Best Kids' Books of 2018 *
`A thoughtful exploration of rebuilding life after death, told in grave and tactile verse.' * Kirkus *

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