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The Collection

The Book of Dirt

Bram Presser reading from The Book of Dirt

The Melbourne writer published his debut novel The Book of Dirt in 2017, based on his family’s history which he was intent on uncovering the truth.


Through Bram’s travels to Europe to explore his grandparent’s Holocaust stories, he wrestles with the question - How are the horrors of the Holocaust to be remembered as its last witnesses pass?

The Book of Dirt won much acclaim including the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing and People’s Choice Award at the 2018 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. It also won the 2018 Voss Literary Award and, most recently, the 2018 National Jewish Book Award for Debut Fiction in the USA.

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