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The Spare Room

It all started when my father got this idea in his head about sending me to Australia to learn English.


Akira is sent from Japan to Australia, into a world where everything seems new and strange. The language is full of unexpected pitfalls, everyday routines pose challenges, and something is not quite right with his homestay hosts, the Moffat family. But then, all is not quite right with Akira either.

The Spare Room is a tale of living between two cultures and discovering that, no matter where you’ve come from, sometimes the journey is exactly the same.

Kathryn Lomer, author of Two Kinds Of Silence, Extraction Of Arrows, Night Writing, Camera Obscura, The Spare Room, What Now, Tilda B?, and The God In The Ink

Kathryn Lomer

Kathryn Lomer grew up in north-west Tasmania and lives in Hobart. She has published across the genres of novel, short story, young adult fiction and poetry. Her books have received a number of awards, including a NSW Premier’s Literary Award, the Anne Elder Award and the Margaret Scott Prize.