Long Bay

It’s Sydney, 1909. A woman dies when Rebecca Sinclair performs an abortion. The verdict sends Rebecca to the Long Bay Women’s Penitentiary—just opened—for three years. Complicating the situation still further—Rebecca herself is pregnant.

Inspired by letters found in an archive and a photograph of a young woman prisoner, Long Bay is a compelling, moving novel that reveals the harsh realities of living in poverty—and falling in love.

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“Long Bay is that rare thing: a historical novel untainted by sentimentality, with a story not only fascinating in the context of its time, but made relevant to our modern world.”






— Hannah Kent, Burial Rites

“This is a novel worth reading more than once.”






— ArtsHub

“Limprecht renders early 20th-century Sydney in fine detail…Long Bay will appeal to readers who enjoy historical fiction and those interested in the social history of Sydney.”






— Bookselling + Publishing

“The book wears its research lightly, from historical particularities — how to sew a collar or make a rug from rags — to sensuous ­moments of gently observed perfection, such as the tiny squeak a thread makes when it’s bitten off.”






— Ashley Hay, The Australian

“Rebecca Sinclair is a character who will live on in my memory long after turning the final page on her story – which seems only just, as Limprecht has surely rescued an otherwise forgotten woman from archival obscurity. Long Bay wears its history lightly but packs an emotional wallop, straight to the guts of our humanity. Deftly researched, deeply satisfying.”






— Clare Wright, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

  • ISBN : 0987507044
  • Pub Date : August 1, 2015
  • Publisher : Sleepers Publishing
  • Page Extent : 300
  • Imprint : Sleepers Publishing
  • Format : Paperback