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UQP – 2011

Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist – 2012

“Sometimes, as a critic, all you want to do is thrust a book into someone’s hands and say, “Read this.”

Gone is a plaintive, intense, and staggering novel, and it sets the bar high for Australian fiction in 2011.”

– Canberra Times

There can be no straight road home.

A young man is released from a Sydney prison, his hands empty, his identity gone. He catches a southbound train out of town then hitchhikes west. He hasn’t been home for fifteen years.

For days Frank rides the highway through an unforgiving landscape, surviving on what he finds and the kindness of strangers. As he edges closer to a home he struggles to remember, his boyhood looms. Out of the past, something is coming that will tear through his fragile hold.

Chilling, haunting, suspenseful, Gone is a journey into one man’s splintered world.

“Mills has composed a highly original and sophisticated piece of fiction.”

– The Sydney Morning Herald

“Mills’ talent was evident in her first book, but here it is clear she is a brilliant writer, with poetic prose that takes the reader right into the place that Frank inhabits. The novel begins with the line, ‘He goes barefoot into the meaty darkness’, and this is a perfect metaphor for the entire novel. The language is beautiful and cruel and vivid… The mystery and harsh beauty of this story will appeal to a wide range of readers who enjoy a challenging novel.”

– Bookseller and Publisher