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ISBN: 9780645151442

eISBN: 9780645151459

300 pages, Ages 13 —18

Little Wins Press, 2022

First published by Penguin Books (Australia), 2012

Night Beach

Kirsty Eagar

Shortlisted, The Western Australian Premier's Literary Awards

Shortlisted, The Queensland Literary Awards

Shortlisted, The Gold Inky

Longlisted, The Davitt Awards

Imagine there is someone you like so much that just thinking about them leaves you desperate and reckless …

Abbie has three obsessions. Art. The ocean. And Kane. But Kane’s changed since he returned from a surf trip. There’s a darkness shadowing him that only Abbie can see. And it wants her in its world. 

A Gothic story about the very dark things that feed the creative process, from the award-winning author of Raw Blue

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The characters, the powerful ocean setting, the descriptions of surfing, the exposure of a particular masculinity, the exploration of the creative impulse, and Abbie’s journey from uncertainty to acceptance, produce some fine writing indeed. Australian Book Review

This beautifully written young adult novel combines realism with a dark underside that isn’t being done in other young adult fiction. It reminds me of Stephen King’s writing in the way that the story works its way into your gut and then, when you least expect it, twists the knife and takes you somewhere else entirely. ABC Radio Canberra

Dark and seductive, Night Beach will leave you breathless. A thrilling and suspenseful combination of the real and the supernatural, this is not a novel to read alone at night! Kirsty Eagar paints a detailed picture of the claustrophobic surfing town, full of complex and intriguing characters. Highly imaginative and lushly described, it’s an enthralling world that will captivate readers just as it possesses Abbie. Eagar’s novel takes ideas with a usually positive portrayal, such as the ocean, art and love, and subverts them, capturing their darker underside and the dangers of obsession. Australian Bookseller and Publisher

There are images in this novel that take my breath away, dialogue that I envy and one of the most achingly real protagonists I’ve come across for a long while. Melina Marchetta

Eagar will have you second guessing everything you’ve ever thought about love, loss, imagination and hope. Gold Coast Bulletin

  1. Read at night
  2. Read at night while it’s raining
  3. Read at night while it’s raining and you’re home
  4. Let yourself go. Trinity Doyle, author of Pieces of Sky

Night Beach is a novel that got under my skin, complex, breathtaking and compelling, I can only insist you experience it for yourself. This is a story that stays with you, haunts you and despite its young adult label deserves an adult audience. Just as with Raw Blue, Night Beach has found a place amongst my favourite reads. Book’d Out