Brow Books signs Jamie Marina Lau's next two novels


We at Brow Books are absolutely thrilled to announce that we have signed up two more novels by Jamie Marina Lau, author of Pink Mountain on Locust Island. Brow Books has secured world rights to both books, with the first, Gunk Baby, to be published in 2020, and the second, Fuji, to be published after that.

This news is particularly exciting as it happens just ahead of next week’s announcement of the 2019 Stella Prize winner – Jamie’s Pink Mountain on Locust Island is shortlisted. Don’t forget: from now until the announcement on Tuesday night, you can get Jamie’s novel (as well as Maria Tumarkin’s Axiomatic, also shortlisted) at a 20% discount at our online shop.

We can’t wait to publish Jamie’s next two novels so that you can get them into your hands. We promise you that they’ll be quite unlike anything else you’ve read.

In Gunk Baby, we join Leen just as she opens an ear-cleaning and massage salon at the Topic Heights Shopping Complex. Soon she starts to notice increasingly odd behaviour around her, and also it seems that managers of other stores are being killed off. In nonstop prose, Gunk Baby takes aim at orientalism and the Zen movement, violence, fashion, and middle-class boredom.

Fuji is a novel of five interlinked parts, revolving around ‘The Centre’, an organisation responsible for recreational and therapeutic virtual reality, and also for holographic memory-keeping. Mothers, daughters, simulations, motorcycle gangs, : all are caught up in this story of paranoia, obsession, addiction, possession, and love.

Photo credit:  Leah Jing

Photo credit: Leah Jing

Jamie Marina Lau (劉劍冰) is a 22-year-old writer and musician from Melbourne. Her debut novel Pink Mountain on Locust Island won the 2018 Melbourne Prize for Literature’s Readings Residency Award, was shortlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize, the 2019 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards and the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, and was longlisted for the ALS Gold Medal. Her writing can also be found in various publications. She is currently studying film and literature, producing music, and working on more fiction.