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UQP acquires debut novel from prize-winning short-story writer Laura Elvery
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Posted 15.02.2022

UQP acquires debut novel from prize-winning short-story writer Laura Elvery

UQP is delighted to announce that we have acquired Laura Elvery’s much-anticipated debut novel, Nightingale. Laura is a multi-award-wining short story writer who has published two highly acclaimed collections, Trick of the Light and Ordinary Matter. The latter won the Steele Rudd Award in the 2021 Queensland Literary Awards.

Now Laura turns her immense talents to a novel, Nightingale, which is loosely based on the life of Florence Nightingale. Set over fifty years, and various locations, Nightingale revolves around Florence herself and two other characters whose lives intersect with the nursing icon at various moments.

Part historical fiction and part ghost story, this highly imaginative novel showcases Laura’s immense talents while continuing her focus on women’s contributions to scientific history (and the lives of imperfect but daring women) that she examined so superbly in Ordinary Matter.

UQP has acquired world rights and will publish Nightingale in 2023.

Laura Elvery says, ‘It’s been exciting to turn my attention to a novel after years of writing short stories.'

In Nightingale I’ve found a long-form story to excavate and three characters who are new and a bit strange. To work with Aviva and the team at UQP again is a thrill and a joy.’

Publisher Aviva Tuffield says: ‘I am so excited to be working with Laura again, this time on a novel. Laura is one of the smartest and most imaginative writers I know – and combine that with the fact that she’s a consummate stylist and the result is always remarkable.

Nightingale will captivate, astonish and move readers in equal measure, and I cannot wait to share it with them.’

About Laura Elvery

Laura Elvery is a writer from Brisbane. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and Literary Studies. Her work has been published in Overland, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings and The Big Issue fiction edition. She has won the Josephine Ulrick Prize for Literature, the Margaret River Short Story Competition, the Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize and the Fair Australia Prize for Fiction. In 2018 Laura’s first collection of short stories, Trick of the Light, was a finalist in the Queensland Literary Awards. Laura's latest short story collection, Ordinary Matter, won the 2021 USQ Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection and was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Award for a work of State Significance in the QLAs.

For more information please contact Louise Cornegé, Marketing & Publicity Manager, on louise.cornege@uqp.com.au or 07 3346 7932.