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The Breeding Season

By: Amanda Niehaus
Narrated by: Emma Leonard,Conrad Coleby
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A breathtaking debut that explores love, science, loss and the so-called feminine ideal. 

The rains come to Brisbane just as Elise and Dan descend into grief. Elise, a scientist, believes that isolation and punishing fieldwork will heal her pain. Her husband, Dan, a writer, questions the truths of his life and looks to art for answers. Worlds apart, Elise and Dan must find a way to forgive themselves and each other before it's too late. 

An astounding debut novel that forensically and poetically explores the intersections of art and science, sex and death, and the heartbreaking complexity of love. The Breeding Season marks the arrival of a thrilling new talent in Australian literature. 

©2019 Amanda Niehaus (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"Dark and poetic...beautiful writing." (Alice Sebold, author of the international best seller The Lovely Bones)

"Astonishing. The writing is visceral and affecting, the sentences muscular and beating with a linguistic pulse which makes the book feel like a live creature. The Breeding Season is a creature that might, in turn, rip your heart out or blanket you in a comforting hug. Craft like this is rare and magical." (Krissy Kneen, award-winning author of Wintering)

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  • 12-08-20

Eloquently written

This book is unlike any I have read . Amanda has the ability to describe the most seemingly mundane objects, movements , feelings of our days and breathe the most beautiful of words into them . Making you want more . She has truly captured the lives and turmoils of this couple in a heartfelt and heartbreaking way . Thoroughly enjoyed it !