What if you looked up and out of the corner of your eye you saw something so marvellous, so extraordinary, that it transformed time and space forever? An extraordinary, luminous debut novel that weaves together three lives each altered forever when they look up and see the body in the clouds.
What if you looked up at just the right moment and saw - out of the corner of your eye - something unexpected? What if it was something so marvellous, so extraordinary, that it transformed time and space forever?
The Body in the Clouds tells the story of one extraordinary moment - a man falling from the sky, and surviving - and of three men who see it, in different ways and different times, as they stand on the same piece of land. An astronomer in the late 1700s, a bridgeworker in the 1930s, an expatriate banker returning home in the early 21st century: all three are transformed by one magical event. All are searching for the same thing: how to understand what it means to call a place home, and how to be able to tell when you get there.
The Body in the Clouds is a luminous novel about the power of story: the stories that define who and where we are. And the stories we tell - and have told, and will tell - for the people we love.
Ashley Hay's latest novel isA Hundred SmallLessons.
Her previous novel, The Railwayman'sWife, received the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies' ColinRoderick Award, and the People's Choice at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards.It was published in the UK, the US and in translation.
Her earlier work has won accolades in Australia andabroad, most recently the 2016 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. Shehas been longlisted for awards including the Miles Franklin and theInternational IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and shortlisted for awards includingthe Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Kibble.
She lives in Brisbane.
Long-listed International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award 2012 IE; Short-listed NSW Premier's Literary Awards, UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing 2011 AU; Short-listed Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Best First Book (South East Asia and Pacific region) 2011 AU; Short-listed Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, Fiction category 2010 AU
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