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Even before I knew anything about Granddad Les, Wally and me sometimes dared each other to see how close tothe knackery we could get. It was way out in the bottom paddock, and Dad had banned us from going further than the dam. Wally said it was because the whole paddock was haunted. He said he could see ghosts wisping in the grass like sheets blown from the washing line. But even then I knew for sure that was a lie. 

Ten-year-old Cub lives with her parents, older brother Cassie, and twin brother Wally on a lonely property bordering an abandoned cattle farm and knackery. Their lives are shadowed by the infamous actions of her Granddad Les in his yellow weatherboard house, just over the fence.

Although Les died twelve years ago, his notoriety has grown in Cub’s lifetime and the local community have ostracised the whole family.

When Cub’s estranged aunt Helena and cousin Tilly move next door into the yellow house, the secrets the family want to keep buried begin to bubble to the surface. And having been kept in the dark about her grandfather’s crimes, Cub is now forced to come to terms with her family’s murky history.

The Yellow House is a powerful novel about loyalty and betrayal; about the legacies of violence and the possibilities of redemption.

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Praise for The Yellow House

"Such energy and precision in the writing, not to mention originality."
– Tegan Bennett Daylight, Vogel's Award judge and award-winning author of Six Bedrooms

"The Yellow House is  a visually delightful and compelling narrative with a terrific balance of tension, horror and beauty. Quintessentially Australian." 
– Megan O’Brien, Vogel’s Award judge & bookseller.

"Emily’s novel took hold of me from the first page. The Yellow House is a wonderful winner of The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award and I look forward very much to Emily’s continued successful career."
– Annette Barlow, Publisher

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