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The Last Thread

Regional winner (Pacific) of the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize

Winner of the 2013 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for New Writing

The Last Thread is Michael Sala’s fascinating life in fiction. From his early years in the Netherlands to growing up in Australia during the 1980s, Michael recalls the secret surrounding his estranged Greek father and how scandalous events from the past fractured his family. This is a moving chronicle of a boy’s turbulent relationship with his bullying stepfather, aloof older brother and adored mother, whose cheerful apathy has devastating consequences. As his life unfolds, Michael – now a father – must decide if he can free himself from the dark pull of the past.

Reminiscent of the great autobiographical novels of JM Coetzee and Michael Ondaatje, The Last Thread is a beautifully crafted work from an exceptional new writer.

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‘Michael Sala has a rare gift: in prose that takes your breath away, he tells a story of heart-rending sorrow without a trace of sentimentality. His debut as a novelist is one to celebrate.’ Raimond Gaita

‘A confronting and compelling story of a family. Sala captures perfectly the puzzled silence of the uncomprehending child in a narrative swollen with unspoken secrets.’ Debra Adelaide

A gutsy, moving, beautifully wrought and utterly
compelling work.’ Martin Shaw, Readings Monthly

‘Leaves a potent sense of blood and bone humanity.’Canberra Times

‘Skillfully written…Sala explores the common but often damaging saga of family myth-making.’                Sydney Morning Herald

‘The “threads” are often exquisite.’                      Weekend Australian

‘Moving and confronting.’ the (melbourne) magazine

‘Sala conveys beautifully the ways that memories connect…a strong and promising debut.’                    Lit-icism (Crikey)