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.
"In equal parts harrowing and mesmerising, Long Bay is simply a wonderful book. Rebecca Sinclair is a character who will live on in my memory long after turning the final page on her story - which seems only just, as Limprecht has surely rescued an otherwise forgotten women from archival obscurity. What makes a society civil? What constitutes evil? At what cost freedom? Who pays the price of love? And, when your back's against the wall, where does love end and survival begin? Deftly researched, deeply satisfying." - Clare Wright, author of The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka
"Limprecht is a fine writer - her prose is elegant and assured, and her representation of life in Sydney shortly after Federation is wonderfully evocative." - Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites
Article about 'Long Bay'
'From the Facts Comes a Mystery From the Novel Comes a Truth'
Author Eleanor Limprecht on the inspiration behind her latest novel, Long Bay (Sleepers, Aug 2015)
I live in the hilly Sydney suburb of Maroubra, so when I go for a run I choose the flattest route. This is south along Anzac Parade, past suburban blocks and then beside the razor wire, parking lots and concrete façade of Long Bay Correctional Centre. Look closely and you can glimpse some original sandstone walls and older buildings behind the wire. It makes you wonder about the history of the place.
Long Bay opened in 1909 as a Women’s Reformatory and was the first purpose-built institution of its kind in Australia. Many of the notorious female criminals involved in the razor gangs of the 1920s were prisoners there: women with familiar names like Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine.
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