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Only the Animals

The souls of ten animals, each killed in a human conflict of the past century or so, tell the story of their deaths in turn. There is the camel killed in colonial Australia and the blue mussel killed in Pearl Harbour; the cat who died in the trenches in World War I and the bear who starved to death during the siege of Sarajevo; the dog who lost his life...


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 Blood Kin

“Ceridwen Dovey’s mesmerizing novel lifts the lid on a dictatorship and its perilous aftermath...There is a hypnotic, languorous feel to the writing – even as the conclusion circles with the impatience of vultures over carrion.” – The Guardian (UK)

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News, Events & Non-fiction Writing

You can read Ceridwen's recent pieces for the New Yorker blog here, here and here

You can read Ceridwen's articles for the Monthly magazine here

Only the Animals shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards

Only the Animals shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards

Only the Animals published in the UK by Atlantic Books in August 2015

Only the Animals published in the US by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in September 2015

Only the Animals wins the inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award

Only the Animals wins the Steele Rudd Award (Short Story Collection) at the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards

Only the Animals shortlisted for the 2015 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards (Fiction)

Listen to Ceridwen interviewed by Sarah L'Estrange for the wonderful Animal People series on ABC radio here and here

Watch the Only the Animals book trailer (directed by the brilliant Andre Sawenko and Ben Alpass at Penguin) here:

If you live in New South Wales, please consider signing the NSW Public Library Association's petition for better State Government funding for our public libraries and get involved in the campaign here

Blood Kin adapted for the stage at the Theatre Osnabrück in Germany as