After the Fire, A Still Small Voice

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After the Fire, A Still Small Voice
First UK edition
Author Evie Wyld
Cover artist Wallzo
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher Jonathan Cape (UK)
Pantheon (US)
Publication date
Media type Print, Audio & eBook
Pages 304
Awards Betty Trask Award
John Llewellyn Rhys Prize
ISBN 0-224-08887-4
LC Class PR6123.Y43 A69 2009

After the Fire, A Still Small Voice is the debut novel by author Evie Wyld published in August 2009 by Jonathan Cape in the UK and Pantheon Books in the US.[1] It won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize[2] and a Betty Trask Award.[3] and was also shortlisted for both the Orange Award for New Writers[4] and International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.[5]

Plot introduction[edit]

The story is set in Queensland[6] on the East Coast of Australia and concerns two men from different generations, as described in the blurb on the back cover of the 2010 Vintage edition:

  • Frank is trying to escape his troubled past by running away to his family's beach shack. As he struggles to make friends with his neighbours and their precocious young daughter Sal, he discovers the community has fresh wounds of its own. A girl is missing, and when Sal too disappears, suspicion falls on Frank.
  • Decades earlier, Leon tries to hold together his family's cake shop as their suburban life crumbles in the aftermath of the Korean War. When war breaks out again, Leon must go from sculpting sugar figurines to killing young men as a conscript in the Vietnam War.


The book's title is taken from 1 Kings 19:12.[7]


  • Lee Rourke in The Independent on Sunday rounds off his review saying "Wyld's writing is assured enough to elongate metaphor and symbolism, creating a novel both taut and otherworldly. This adroit examination of loss, lostness and trauma is the beginning of great things".[8]
  • The Observer has the following praise from Francesca Segal, "The landscape of Australia's east coast looms large in the book, wild and sinister, filled with light and tragedy. This is a sad and lovely novel from a talented new writer".[6]
  • In The Daily Mail, Stephanie Cross writes "With awesome skill and whiplash wit, Evie Wyld knits together past and present, with tension building all the time. In Peter Carey and Tim Winton, Australia has produced two of the finest storytellers working today. On this evidence, Wyld can match them both".[9]

Publication history[edit]



  1. ^ "After the Fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld". Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Previous winners of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize
  3. ^ "The Betty Trask Prize and Awards". Christchurch City Libraries. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Orange newsroom | Orange Award for New Writers Announces 2010 Shortlist". Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  5. ^ McDonald, Andrew (13 April 2011). "Malouf, Silvey, Wyld make IMPAC Literary Award shortlist ·". Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Francesca Segal (6 September 2009). "After the Fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld | Book review | Books | The Observer". London: Guardian. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "After the Fire a Still Small Voice ~ Evie Wyld – dovegreyreader scribbles". 19 April 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Lee Rourke (23 September 2009). "After The Fire, A Still Small Voice, By Evie Wyld – Reviews – Books". London: The Independent. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Stephanie Cross (27 July 2009). "Evie Wyld: After The Fire, A Still Small Voice | Mail Online". London: Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  10. ^ After the Fire, A Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld – Books – Random House Books Australia Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  11. ^ After the Fire, a Still Small Voice from Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  12. ^ Retrieved 18 November 2012.

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