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Emily Bitto is the author of Stella Prize winning novel The Strays (Affirm Press, and forthcoming from Twelve, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, US). She has a Masters in literary studies and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Melbourne. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including The Sydney Morning Herald, Meanjin, Heat, the Australian Literary Review and The Big Issue Fiction Edition. The Strays was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, the Indie Prize and the Dobbie Award, and won the 2015 Stella Prize. Emily Bitto lives in Melbourne where she co-owns the Carlton winebar, Heartattack & Vine.

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The Strays

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“I was learning the habit of attention, of noticing the world in all its ravishing detail and complexity. The habit of being amazed. They told stories, looking at objects and people until they shook them clean of the dust of everyday and made them myth.”
Emily Bitto, The Strays

“There is no intimacy as great as that between young girls. Even between lovers, who cross boundaries we are accustomed to thinking of as at the furthest territories of closeness, there is a constant awareness of separateness, the wonder at the fact that the loved one is distinct, whole, with a past and a mind housed behind the eyes we gaze into that exist, inviolate, without us. It is the lack of such wonder that reveals the depth of intimacy in that first chaste trial marriage between girls.”
Emily Bitto, The Strays

“WHEN WAS IT THAT I BECAME A VOYEUR in their midst? I was the perfect witness, an unsuspected anthropologist disguised within the body of a young girl, surrounded by other young girls who were part of the family. Yet I was a cuckoo in the nest, an imposter who listened and observed, hoarding and collecting information.”
Emily Bitto, The Strays

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