PRAISE FOR FAITH SINGER
Faith Singer was voted one of the ‘50
Essential Reads by living Writers’ by the Guardian, Orange
Prize Committee and the Hay Literary Festival. The
other Australian writers were Tim Winton and John
Faith Singer is a
radiant and unsparing portrait of the underbelly of Sydney life by one of
Australia's finest novelists. Addiction, obsession, betrayal and redemption
coalesce in storytelling so vivid and prose so elegant it will leave you
Cross-sleazy, cruel and compassionate- and in the midst of it all, the wise and
warm-hearted Faith Singer. With all her great gift for narrative and
characterisation this is Rosie Scott's best novel to date.
Scott gets the
Cross exactly right..brings a number of ideas about contemporary Sydney into
this memorable story..
Australian Book Review
Rosie Scott is a
writer with a huge heart and this is a warm, generous, moving book. Faith
Singer celebrates music with its ability "to stir up the dumb grieving that
lies at the heart of all of us" .It also celebrates Sydney, in all its tawdry
beauty, as one of the great world cities where outsiders can feel at home; and
it celebrates the wisdom of unruly older women.
White, The Bulletin
novel is a roar of anger about dying street kids, a story that relies on
emotional heat and lip-biting hope for its momentum..Faith is a great character
…She's growing old disgracefully.
This book looks
into souls and will make you feel better about yourself and the
Book of the Week, New Women
As much a profound
study of the city of Sydney as it is of the main characters, Faith Singer is a
celebration of diversity and friendship.
Gold Coast Bulletin
Scott's skill in
evoking place is marvellously realised in her passages about Sydney. ..In the
end the city becomes almost another character. I once lived in Kings Cross.
After reading this absorbing novel I wanted to live there again.
Beryl Fletcher , Waikato Times
It has been a long
time since a book could bring tears to the eyes of a hardened old journo like
me. Rosie Scott is a talented writer who skilfully creates a rich tapestry you
will not forget in a hurry.
humorous, hopeless and hopeful, Faith Singer offers an insight into the culture
of drug addiction in what is ultimately, a redemptive story.
Her powerful sixth
novel…. Since Trainspotting, hip tales of heroin-fuelled decadence have become
fashionable. But where a book such as Andrew McGahan's 'Praise' wallows in
squalor, Faith Singer is old fashioned enough to offer hope. Not that Scott
turns gooey on us or ever suggests the world can be changed overnight…Redemption
is a matter of taking one step at a time.
Iain Sharp, Book of the week, Auckland Star
Scott writes with
compelling prose so poetic and affectionate it sparkles.
Australian Bookseller and Publisher
unfolds like a movie, or a parable about about some old waster redeemed by the
struggle to save a fragile precious life that has barely started on the long
struggle to the other end.
Chimonyo, The Melbourne Age
Scott is a
compelling writer and her gritty and poetic novel is a rich portrayal of
inner-city Sydney.. Violent and tender Faith Singer is a moving read.
Lovell-Smith, The Press
writer creates characters so real, it's difficult to believe they aren't living
and breathing somewhere on this planet. Scott writes in a style that is dreamy
and intense, but flows like a mighty river. It's impossible not to keep reading
because each chapter ends on the edge of a waterfall, danger just a needle
The Daily News