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Long Bay

by Eleanor Limprecht

“A moving and vividly realised novel. Limprecht is a fine writer.” Hannah Kent
“Deeply satisfying. Simply a wonderful book.” Clare Wright

Set in Sydney in the first decade of the 1900s, Long Bay is based on the true case of a young female abortionist who was convicted of manslaughter and served out her sentence in the newly opened Long Bay Women’s Reformatory – the first of its kind in Australia. The woman, Rebecca Sinclair, was pregnant when she went to prison.

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Long Bay is a compelling fictional account of how Rebecca became involved in the burgeoning illegal abortion racket in Edwardian-era Sydney and how she was drawn into Donald Sinclair’s underworld. In unadorned prose, it examines the limiting effects of poverty, the mistakes we make for love, and the bond between mother and child.

Eleanor Limprecht was born in Washington DC in 1977 and grew up in the United States, Germany and Pakistan. She now lives in Sydney, where she is studying for a Doctorate of Creative Arts at UTS. Her journalism and book reviews have appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian and The Sun-Herald. Her first novel, What Was Left, was published by Sleepers in 2013 to much critical acclaim, and shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal 2014.