The Glad Shout
by Alice Robinson
After a catastrophic storm destroys Melbourne, Isobel flees to higher ground with her husband and young daughter. Food and supplies run low, panic sets in and still no help arrives. To protect her daughter, Isobel must take drastic action.
The Glad Shout is an extraordinary novel of rare depth and texture. Told in a starkly visual and compelling narrative, this is a deeply moving homage to motherhood and the struggles faced by women in difficult times.
Winner of the Readings Prize for New Fiction!
‘This is a powerful novel.’
‘The Glad Shout floored me … Terrifying, beautiful and resonant in so many ways. This is a book about surviving disaster, told through the twin lenses of a cataclysmic weather event and an exploration of motherhood. Breathtaking.’ Clem Ford
‘‘Robinson’s writing is finely attuned to the psychology of its characters, for whom she shows great tenderness. The effects of the climate emergency in the proximate future are rendered terrifyingly real in this cinematic and beautifully paced novel.’ Jennifer Down
‘A luminous novel, pulsing with love and loss.’ Eliza Henry Jones author of In The Quiet
‘This is a lacerating novel, vivid and terrifyingly real. It deserves to become a classic.’ Jessica Friedmann, author of
Things That Helped
‘A strikingly real and deeply moving meditation on motherhood, I could not put this novel down.’ Enza Gandolfo, author of The Bridge
About the Author
Alice Robinson grew up in Parkville and Wallan. She earned a Bachelor of Creative Arts from The University of Melbourne and a PhD in Creative Writing from Victoria University, where she was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research and Research Training. Her fiction, essays and reviews have been published widely in literary journals, including Kill Your Darlings, The Lifted Brow, Overland, TEXT, Fireflies, Arena and Meanjin. Alice’s debut novel, Anchor Point (Affirm Press, 2015), was longlisted for The Stella Prize and the Indie Book Awards (debut fiction) in 2016. She now lives in Warragul with her family.