Impress Prize Winner 2016 Home Is Nearby by Magdalena McGuire
On Salt Madonna ‘McGuire hauls home her accomplished, complex and surreal story with tremendous confidence and flair.’ Deborah Levy, prize winning British novelist, short story writer and playwright
‘A tender, moving tale of beauty amidst loss, you’ll be utterly immersed in Ania’s world. Home Is Nearby is an impressive debut by an exciting new voice.’ Mark Brandi, author of Wimmera, Winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger
‘A moving, powerful snapshot of Poland’s turbulent history and of the migrant’s experience of losing one future and piecing together another in a new country.’ Katherine Brabon, author of The Memory Artist and winner of the Australian/Vogel’s literary award
Winner of the Impress Prize for New Writers 2016, Home Is Nearby is a moving, poignant debut that explores how art can transcend politics, and the true meaning of home.
Magdalena is an experienced writer, and has also won the Mslexia Women’s Short Story Award 2017, as judged by Deborah Levy. Her short stories have been published in numerous magazines, and she has written widely on human rights topics.
Part of her impetus in writing the novel was to explore a lost Poland, a country she could have grown up in, but didn’t. In particular she was interested in exploring what life could have been like for a young woman living under communism and making art.
She has been called one of Australia’s ‘freshest, sharpest, and most underrated voices in contemporary fiction’ (Laurie Steed, Margaret River Press).