by Patricia Holland
… contemporary Australian fiction
Everyone controls Sophie. She can’t walk and she can’t talk, but behind her disability hides a keen intelligence. Living on The Styx River cattle station with her father and a nanny, Sophie is acutely aware that she is a non-person. She feels as voiceless and isolated as the wallabies of The Wall, an eerie wilderness of basalt lava tubes forming a natural stone labyrinth that protects its remote lushness from anyone foolish enough to wander in. How can one impossibly disabled girl who can’t help herself, help save the lives of others?
Ask at your favourite bookshop (or a bookshop that is handy).
- Tasmania’s Styx River is not internet connected
Tasmania’s Styx River does not acknowledge mobile phones, wifi or any internet related device, but has done quite nicely without, for longer than anyone living or dead can remember. Thank you giant swamp woods, thank you rainforest understory, thank you orange fungus, thank you wild wild Styx River for reflecting so perfectly my setting in The Styx. Perhaps every Styx River has the added dimension gifted by Goddess Styx, goddess of invulnerability, that results in every visitor recognising greatness and acquiring an extra reverence for nature. Thank you Tasmania State for allowing such an amazing place to exist. And for letting me visit. Thank you Tasmania Wilderness Society for the map to get there. I’ll be at Hobart Bookshop on Saturday Jan 6 from 10am to 1pm – if you are anywhere near, please come to say hello.