hollow bones


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The Hollow Bones is a novel that implores us to pay careful attention to the crucial lessons we might learn from our not-too-distant history.


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Praise for The Hollow Bones

From the horrors and dark truths of the Reich, Leah Kaminsky fashions a poignant romance within a chilling, mesmerising narrative. This is an account of the ‘scientific’ attempt to locate the origin of the Aryan race in the distant past of Tibet. The storytelling is fresh and astonishing, gently echoing with birdsong. It takes readers deep into madness and doom, while transporting them into the grace of human love, the redemptive beauty of the natural world.

Carmel Bird – Winner Patrick White Literary Award 2016

“From the embers of history, Kaminsky weaves a cracking tale of adventure, competing loyalties and the folly of sacrificing reason on the ideological altar.”

Bram Presser – Award-winning author of The Book of Dirt

“In this prescient and thoughtful novel, a long-dead animal displayed in the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia murmurs about the wild places of its lost life, while the story of the scientist who destroyed it exposes the collaboration between totalitarianism, corrupted science and the slaughter of people and animals.”

Brenda Walker – Winner of the Nita B Kibble and Asher awards

“Played out against the backdrop of impending war, The Hollow Bones is a Faustian tale of love, ambition and treachery. An ominous and beautiful novel that examines the dark appeal of power, and the lengths some men will go to achieve it.”

Emma Viskic –Winner of the Ned Kelly Award and 3 Davitt Awards

“An evocative, harrowing story of one man’s obsession to preserve nature in a glass jar, The Hollow Bones reminds us creatures of The Wild belong there and we destroy their habitat at our peril. Kaminsky has magically woven the dual narratives of past and present through a unique telling of such an important historical tale.”

Heather Morris – Author of the NYT bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz

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WINNER of the Voss Literary Prize, 2016 + Shortlisted For Asher Literary Award, 2017

The Waiting Room is both haunted, and haunting.”—Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March

Finalist for the Faulkner-Wisdom Award, 2014 | Listed in The Guardian’s best Australian books of 2016 by Graeme Simsion

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The Waiting Room unfolds over the course of a single, life-changing day, but the story it tells spans five decades, three continents, and one family’s compelling history of love, war, and survival. 

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Radio Interviews

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