From the Wreck

From the Wreck tells the remarkable story of George Hills, who survived the sinking of the steamship Admella off the South Australian coast in 1859.



Haunted by his memories and the disappearance of a fellow survivor, George’s fractured life is intertwined with that of a woman from another dimension, seeking refuge on Earth. This is a novel imbued with beauty and feeling, filled both with existential loneliness and a deep awareness that all life is interdependent.

From the Wreck was long listed for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Voss Literary Prize. It won the Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. It was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award, the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature and was on the Locus Recommended Reading List.

In 2019, From the Wreck will be published in the UK by Picador.

‘It’s hard to find the right words to praise this novel. I think we need a whole new critical vocabulary to be invented. Rawson recreates a vanished historical world with utterly convincing characters as well as inhabits the mind of a cephalopod alien and make us feel, in both cases, yes, that’s exactly how it is. Jane Rawson’s writing is mysterious, chilling and tender. The book is a sort of miracle.’    Lian Hearn

‘Rawson’s clear, lyrical prose—with its deep undercurrent of empathy—creates a breathtaking and revelatory reading experience. From The Wreck borrows from science-fiction, history and magical realism, forming a whole that is utterly unique and distinctly Australian. This is a masterpiece.’ Bookseller & Publisher

You can get From the Wreck from the publisher, Readings online, Booktopia or your excellent local independent bookshop.

There’s more about From the Wreck here.