Depth of Field

Kirsty Iltners

WINNER OF THE 2023 DOROTHY HEWETT AWARD

In photography, you don’t get to have it all. You are always making choices, always making sacrifices.

To capture the light.

Tom’s longest-standing commitment is his run-down house Mayfield, which hasn’t been the same since Adeline. He’s stuck in the past drowning his sorrows in too many bottles of wine and an unfulfilling photography business. Unable to move on, Tom is treading water in a low-commitment relationship. The only problem—she isn’t Adeline.

Lottie is living with her baby, Coral, in a cramped flat above a fish and chip shop. Struggling to make ends meet, all she wants is to find connection—with her distant mother, the parent’s group, her old school friends, but Lottie straddles too many different worlds to quite fit into any of them. She doesn’t have much, but at least her and Coral have each other.

Told through alternating perspectives, Kirsty Iltners’ debut novel examines the lives of two isolated individuals to reveal the fragility of life and the fallibility of our memories. Winner of the 2023 Dorothy Hewett Award, Depth of Field is a gripping novel where the mechanisms of photography are allowed to falter just enough to expose how selective and unreliable our memories are, especially when parts of the truth are left out of the frame.

Masterful, poignant, heartbreaking.

- Siang Lu, author of The Whitewash and Ghost Cities

A compelling debut from a striking new literary talent.

- Sarah Sasson, author of Tidelines

An incredible debut full of love, grief, regret.

- Graham Akhurst, author of Borderland

Author interview
Awards
Winner of the 2023 Dorothy Hewett Award
Release
May-2024
ISBN
9781760802752
RRP (AUD)
$34.99
Pages
300
Format
Paperback & ebook
Category
Literary Fiction

Kirsty Iltners

Kirsty Iltners is a writer and photographer living on Jagera and Turrbal Country, Meanjin (Brisbane). Depth of Field is her first novel which won the 2023 Dorothy Hewett Award.

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Depth of Field
Rights
World ex ANZ
Contact
Kate Pickard
Email
Website
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