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The Everlasting Sunday

SHORTLISTED: Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, and UTS Glenda Adams New Writing Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2019

LONGLISTED: The ALS Gold Medal for Literature

The Australian's 'Top 10 Australian Books of 2018'

Australian Book Review's '2018 Books of the Year' 

The Age / Sydney Morning Herald's 'Books of the Year 2018'

Good Reading Magazine's 'Top 10 fiction titles of 2018'

Au Review's 'Best 16 Books of 2018'

During the freezing English winter of 1962, seventeen-year-old Radford is sent to Goodwin Manor, a home for boys who have been ‘found by trouble’. Drawn immediately to the charismatic West, Radford soon discovers that each one of them has something to hide.

Life at the Manor offers only a volatile refuge, and unexpected arrivals threaten the world the boys have built. Will their friendship be enough when trouble finds them again?

At once both beautiful and brutal, The Everlasting Sunday is a haunting debut novel about growing up, growing wild and what it takes to survive.


"Striking. Lukins' great achievement is to have created an atmosphere that is at once very much of this world, and musical and timeless. Everlasting indeed." MICHELLE DE KRETSER, Miles Franklin winning author of The Life to Come.

"Robert Lukins' powerful, assured writing cuts like a knife into a world cracking with secrets and tension." LUCY TRELOAR, author of 'THE TIMES Book of the Year' Salt Creek.

"[A] remarkable book. David Malouf said it was one of the best novels he had read in recent times ... I want to add a personal recommendation. ." STEPHEN ROMEI, The Australian.

"Extraordinary ... The Everlasting Sunday is a beautifully written, subtle novel, dealing with loss, forgiveness, love, redemption and the complexity of our natures."   JOHN PURCELL, Booktopia.

"Lukins achieves something delicate and spare ..." PETER KENNEALLY, The Sydney Morning Herald

"Both savage and tender, The Everlasting Sunday, is a haunting debut novel." Better Reading.

"Lukins richly evokes the hermetic world." SH, The Saturday Paper

"Balletic ... often quiet, but bursts out vividly." RONNIE SCOTT, The Australian

"Each sentence lingers on a moment, suspending action like frost creeping through a body of water." ELLEN CREGAN, Kill Your Darlings

"A rare sense of foreboding and impending catastrophe ... a compelling début." ANNA MACDONALD, The Australian Book Review.


Australia & New Zealand:

The Everlasting Sunday is available in all good book shops, and online, including here:



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UK, USA, Canada:

The Everlasting Sunday is available for order in all good book shops and available for order from online retailers such as Amazon.