Lucy Treloar

Salt Creek


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Salt Creek reading notes (in case you’re doing it for your book group), from Pan Macmillan

Awards for Salt Creek

Longlisted for International Dublin Literary Award (2017)

Shortlisted for Readings Prize for New Australian Writer (2016)

Winner Dobbie Award for Best New Writer (2016)

Winner Matt Richell Award for New Writer, ABIA Awards (2016)

Winner Indie Award for Best Debut, (2016)

Finalist Miles Franklin Literary Award, (2016)

Shortlisted for Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, (2016)











Upcoming speaking events

lucy-treloar-posterI’ll be speaking at a Clunes Booktown on Sunday event on October 16. All welcome – no charge!

It’s been a little hectic lately! Melbourne Writers Festival was followed by a speaking engagement in Tamworth (my first time to this beautiful part of Australia) and a couple of sessions at Brisbane Writers Festival.






I’ll be in South Australia in late July – early August for a few talk and book-signing events. I’d love to see you there.

July 25, evening (time to be confirmed), Walkerville Town Hall, 66 Walkerville Terrace, Gilberton

July 26, 7.30-8.30pm, Unley Town Hall, Oxford Terrace, Unley

July 28, 7.00-8.30, Goolwa Library, 11 Cadell St, Goolwa

August 1, 6.00-7.30pm, Noarlunga Library, Hannah Rd, Noarlunga Centre

August 2, Don Pyatt Room, Norwood Concert Hall, George St, Norwood (cnr. The Parade)


And there’s another talk and book-signing, this time in NSW.

September 3, 2.00pm, Tamworth Library, 466 Peel St, Tamworth


Lucy TreloarSalt Creek has been shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Writer (here’s why) and the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

And I’m lucky enough to have won the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year at the ABIA awards.

Salt Creek has now won one of the the Nita B. Kibble Literary Awards: the Dobbie Award for Best New Writer.





April 2016

The Miles Franklin longlisted titles
The Miles Franklin longlisted titles

Salt Creek is longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

A couple of articles in The Sydney Morning Herald / The Age, and The Australian.



The Indie Book Awards have been announced, and I’m delighted that Salt Creek won the Debut Fiction category.

 Salt Creek is also longlisted for one of the Nita B Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers – the Dobbie Literary Award for new writer of the year – and for the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year in the 2016 ABIA awards.



The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction shortlisted titles
The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction shortlisted titles

The shortlist for the Walter Scott Prize has been announced, and I’m delighted that Salt Creek is on it.

An article about it in The Times.







March  2016

The longlist for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction has just been announced, and there’s Salt Creek. Shortlist to be announced in March.




January 2016

Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 8.44.31 pmShortlist for 2016 Indie Book Awards announced, and Salt Creek has made the Debut Authors list, alongside some wonderful books.




December 2015

Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 8.46.34 pmLonglist for the Indie Book Awards 2016. Very happy that Salt Creek is one of the ten on the Debut Authors Longlist.








October 2015

Review of Salt Creek in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald etc.


September 2015

A feature article on Salt Creek by Mark McEvoy was published in Fairfax  on September 5.

review of Salt Creek by Peter Pierce in the Australian on August 29 describes it as ‘brilliant… In its larger compass, Salt Creek refigures the historical novel in Australia, compelling us to unfix assumptions about frontier life, domestic and economic, relations between men and women, and generations, European and indigenous people.’


August updates

Amazing support from booksellers. Salt Creek is August Book of the Month with Booktopia, Angus and Robertson, and Collins Booksellers,  and is also a book of the month with Readings, iTunes, Riverbend Books, and others.


Salt Creek is Booktopia’s August Book of the Month, where it’s described as ‘a deeply satisfying nineteenth century family saga of cultural collision set against the remote beauty of the Coorong‘.

It has also been named one of iTunes’ top 12 books of August for Australia and New Zealand.



I’ve done several radio interviews. Links to a couple here: with the lovely Jan Goldsmith from earlier this month at 3CR, and with Catherine Kenneally on Radio Adelaide. One or two others can be found through News & Events.



Caroline Baum, literary editor at Booktopia says: ‘the story she tells is utterly compelling and almost mythic’; and ‘The novel builds to a climax that avoids melodrama, but is charged with high emotion and tension to the very last chapter.’ Read the full review here.

Readings:  ‘The characters remain in the mind long after reading the final pages. Treloar has perfectly captured the sense of isolation and history that is still present in the Coorong today.’

iTunes: ‘Evocative prose and a flair for drama drew us into this historical novel…an affecting portrait of a family in dire straits – and a hard-hitting story about the characters’ troubled relationships with their indigenous neighbours.’

Collins Booksellers: ‘a hauntingly beautiful story about family, isolation and history.’


June 15

I sent the final final proofs in first thing this morning, and the book has really flown the nest. There’s nothing to be done except wait. I reread it again, slowly, over the weekend, with fierce attention. It was almost impossible to see it as a whole. I was so aware, while reading, of the tussles I had over words or sentences or paragraphs or scenes. Did I cut too hard there? Not hard enough? What about all the birds? Is the book going to cause offence? If it does these things, I’m sorry in advance, because it’s too late to change it now.

June 9

The design of Salt Creek, including the beautiful cover, is by Sandy Cull of gogoGingko. I could write a mini essay on its cleverness, but I won’t. I just love it, and hope the book lives up to it. I’m doing final proofs at the moment, and then it’s heading to the printers and will be in bookshops on 1 August.

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Lucy Treloar on Salt Creek

Longlist 2016 Indie Book Awards