Eta Draconis

Brendan Ricthie

WINNER OF THE 2022 DOROTHY HEWETT AWARD

Elora is leaving her hometown for university. Leaving behind friends, family, and safety to follow her dream of studying theatre while she still has the chance.

Together, Elora and her older sister, Vivienne, set out by road for the city and the upcoming semester. The relationship between them is fractured and fading, turned upside down by Eta Draconis: the violent meteor shower that has rained across Earth since the beginning of their adolescence. In a land scarred by cra­ters and shockwaves, to travel anywhere is to risk everything. As the showering intensifies and their way forward becomes threatened, the sisters are forced to confront their relationship and recalibrate their hopes for the future. Do they return home or press on in the face of the meteors? Can life ever be normal with the world crashing down all around you?

Eta Draconis is an epic story about two resilient sisters who are determined to live their life in a world on the brink of destruction. Winner of the 2022 Doro­thy Hewett Award, Brendan Ritchie’s Eta Draconis is timely, hopeful and full of suspense.

Fresh and original, ETA DRACONIS is a powerful coming-of-age story – about personal resilience in the face of fear and hope in the face of a threatened planet. Brendan Ritchie is an excellent writer.

- Holden Sheppard, author of Invisible Boys and The Brink

A tense tale of two young women coping with constant and implacable threat, daring to imagine a future for themselves in a world where precarity reigns.

- Jason Steger, The Sydney Morning Herald

The novel’s most moving passages are those that vindicate what I take to be its central theme: a defence of the role of art in a world on the brink of catastrophe.

- Ned Hirst, ArtsHub

Author interview
Awards
Winner of the 2022 Dorothy Hewett Award
Awards
CBCA Notable Book of the Year for Older Readers
Release
May-2023
ISBN
9781760802615
RRP (AUD)
$32.99
Pages
250
Format
Paperback & ebook
Category
Young Adult

Brendan Ritchie

Brendan Ritchie is an award-winning novelist and academic from the south coast of WA. His novels include Eta Draconis, Carousel, and Beyond Carousel. He has a PhD in Creative Writing and lives on Wadandi land.

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Eta Draconis
Rights
World ex ANZ
Contact
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