Paradise Earth Release

Paradise Earth CoverWinner 2020 IPPY Australia/NZ/Pacific Rim Best Fiction Award

With the timely release of Paradise Earth, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Amy Barker and her publishers at Stormbird Press predicted this year’s bushfire crisis, floods and COVID-19 pandemic with amazing prescience. Set on Tasman Peninsula, approaching the 25th anniversary of the Port Arthur massacre, this long-awaited novel (Barker’s first book in ten years) is the kind of contemporary literature that feels pulled straight from the collective unconscious.

‘The nightmares are as frequent as her regular dreams. Then there are the night terrors…just as there are people who will never experience a tsunami, an earthquake, a bushfire or a massacre—will only see these things in the news. Such is the lottery of life.’

Our deadliest mass shooting—one that changed Australian society irrevocably—is presented not only as a national tragedy but also as, perhaps most poignantly, a personal trial for individuals and communities having to learn to survive after an unprecedented and life-altering event.

As Barker unfolds Paradise Earth, she opens up the innermost workings of the human psyche as each character is forced to come to terms with who they are, and how far they will go for their beliefs. Ruth, a woman in exile from her community, estranged from her family; John, a recreational hunter, teaching his adolescent son to shoot; Marina, a massacre survivor, turned animal rights activist: each is haunted by the legacy of trauma that ripples throughout generations before a reckoning.

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Omega Park

Omega Park CoverWinner 2008 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Best Emerging Author
Shortlisted 2010 FAW Christina Stead Award
Winner 2012 IBBY Australia Ena Noël Award

A confronting tale of heartbreak and redemption.

Omega Park is a housing commission estate on the fringes of Queensland’s Gold Coast. Dingo Patterson and Jacob Box are growing up and trying to survive.

Surrounded by broken families, crime and desperation, they are young men with dreams of a different life. When a car chase ends in tragedy for one of the boys, relations with police and within the community reach crisis point.

‘Omega Park is an engaging read and exerts a considerable narrative grip. This tour through the dark underside of the Gold Coast is eye-opening and ultimately satisfying.’ Australian Literature Review

‘Omega Park is a powerful first novel.’ Bookseller + Publisher

‘Amy Barker has written a gently fierce story that is one of the best novels of this year.’ Courier Mail

‘The strength of Barker’s debut resides in her unflinching descriptions of Omega Park and her evident yet clear-eyed sympathy for those trapped within its confines.’ Weekend Australian

‘This is not the Gold Coast of the tourism ads and postcards, but is a representation of the cold reality of every modern city.’ Gold Coast Bulletin

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Amy Barker’s debut novel Omega Park was Winner of the 2008 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Best Emerging Author, shortlisted for the 2010 FAW (Fellowship of Australian Writers) Christina Stead Award, and Winner of the 2012 IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Ena Noël Award.
Amy’s second novel Paradise Earth was Winner of the 2020 IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Awards) for Best Fiction – Australia/NZ/Pacific Rim.