The Eye of the Sheep
Meet Jimmy Flick. He’s not like other kids – he’s both too fast and too slow. He sees too much, and too little. Jimmy’s mother Paula is the only one who can manage him. She teaches him how to count sheep so that he can fall asleep. She holds him tight enough to stop his cells spinning. It is only Paula who can keep Jimmy out of his father’s way. But when Jimmy’s world falls apart, he has to navigate the unfathomable world on his own, and make things right.
The Eye of the Sheep wins Miles Franklin Award
Sofie Laguna has taken out Australia's top fiction prize, the $60,000 Miles Franklin Literary Award, for the novel, The Eye Of The Sheep.
Laguna's novel was chosen from a shortlist which also included works by Sonya Hartnett, Joan London, Christine Piper and Craig Sherborne.
An emotional winner, the mother of two said the award meant security for her and her children.
"I am still writing whether I have to sit in the corridor while the baby sleeps or in a giant play centre lit by fluorescent tubes and full of plastic play equipment ... the writing just continues," she said.
The Eye of the Sheep has been longlisted for the 2016 IMPAC Dublin International Literary Award, shortlisted for the 2015 Stella Prize and the 2015 Voss literary award.
Film rights have been optioned by Essential Media.
It is also being developed for the stage by Barking Gecko Theatre Company.
About Sofie Laguna
Sofie Laguna originally studied to be a lawyer at the University of New South Wales, but after deciding law was not for her, she moved to Melbourne to train as an actor. Sofie worked for a number of years as an actor at the same time as completing a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Sofie is now an author and playright writing for both adults and children.
Her many books for young people have been named Honour Books and Notable Books in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards and have been shortlisted in the Queensland Premier’s Awards. She has been published in the US and the UK and in translation throughout Europe and Asia.
Her picture book, On Our Way to the Beach, was included in the White Raven 2005 annual selection of outstanding international children’s books by the International Youth Library (Associated Project if UNESCO)
In 2008 Sofie released her first novel for adults, One Foot Wrong, to international acclaim. It was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and long-listed for the Miles Franklin Award. Screen rights for the book have been optioned and Sofie has recently completed the screenplay.
In 2011, Sofie moved back to writing for children with the highly popular and best-selling Our Australian Girl: Meet Grace series, published by Penguin Books. She has recently written the equivalent for boys Do You Dare: Fighting Bones.
In 2014, Sofie published her second novel for adults The Eye of the Sheep.
Sofie continues to write for a wide readership, from picture books for very young children, to series for older readers, to novels for adults.
Sofie lives in Melbourne with her partner and their two young sons.
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