Revenge: Murder in Three Parts


ISBN: 978-1-925760-58-3 Format: ISBN: 978-1-925760-58-3 240pp Rights: World Release / Publication Date: 01 /09 /2020
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This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.


Winner of the Barbara Jefferis Award 2022 

Shortlisted for The Stella Prize 2021 

Shortlisted  for the Queensland Literary Awards 2021

‘A coiled spring of a novel, Revenge hits you right between the eyes.’ MALCOLM HARRIS, author of Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials and Shit is Fucked Up and Bullshit: History Since the End Of History

‘Before I go into my grave,’ she says out loud, ‘I will kill that man.’

A brilliant new novel from the author of Real Differences. A family favour their son over their daughter. Shan attends university before making his fortune in Australia while Yannie must find menial employment and care for her ageing parents. After her mother’s death, Yannie travels to Sydney to become enmeshed in her psychopathic brother’s new life, which she seeks to undermine from within …
This is a novel that rages against capitalism, hetero-supremacy, mothers, fathers, families – the whole damn thing. It’s about what happens when you want to make art but are born in the wrong time and place.
S. L. Lim brings to vivid life the frustrations of a talented daughter and vengeful sister in a nuanced and riveting novel that ends in the most unexpected way. It will not be easily forgotten.

On Real Differences.
‘Startlingly sophisticated and mature … exploring what it means to want an ethical framework for your life.’ Kerryn Goldsworthy, The Age

S. L. Lim

S. L. Lim is the author of two novels, Real Differences and Revenge. Real Differences won the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing in the NSW Premier Literary Awards 2020. Revenge was shortlisted for The Stella Prize and the Queensland Literary Awards in 2021. Revenge

is also available in Wavesound audio narrated by Eryn Jean Norvill.

Author image credit: Viet-My Bui and Liminal