About the author

Sofie Laguna

About the book

Judges' report

The Choke is a compassionate work of fiction focusing on the plight of a disadvantaged child finding her way in the world despite poverty, absent parents and a dysfunctional family. Sofie Laguna writes evocatively of the Australian landscape, and paints an isolated, desperate world with much clarity and sensitivity. In Laguna’s fiction, she calls into question our assumptions about the way in which children perceive the world around them by favouring their perspectives. She is particularly good at inhabiting the perplexing world of a child on the precipice of adolescence. In The Choke, Justine is left to navigate so much of her life alone, missing out on an innocent childhood and demonstrating extraordinary resilience. Laguna is a sympathetic writer whose commitment to showing contemporary Australia in all its glory and ugliness continues to delight.

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