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Who is Iris Webber?

A thief, a fighter, a wife, a lover.

A scammer, a schemer, a friend.

A musician, a worker, a big-hearted fool.

A woman who has prevailed against the toughest gangsters of the day, defying police time and again, yet is now trapped in a prison cell.

Guilty or innocent?

Rollicking through the underbelly of 1930s sly-grog Sydney, Iris is a dazzling literary achievement from one of Australia's finest writers. Based on actual events and set in an era of cataclysmic change, Iris is a fierce, fascinating historical fiction based on a woman who couldn't be held back.

Praise for Iris

'The story of Iris had to be told, and Fiona Kelly McGregor had produced the roughest but most invaluable diamond.' - Tony Birch

'There's a magical conjuring up here, a dream-building of people, place and things. Iris is to me not just a great urban novel, but maybe the best Australian city novel ever.' - Peter Doyle

'Visceral and immediate and relevant. It's a stunner.' - Hannah Kent

'A vivid, arresting voice ... Utterly gripping. Love it.' - Lucy Treloar

'A brawling, picaresque book by one of our foremost cartographers of settler Sydney.' - Declan Fry, The Sydney Morning Herald

'Vivid and panoramic.' - The Times / The Conversation

'Intimate and exuberant.' - Gemma Nisbet, The West Australian

'Exceptional ... This book had me in its clutches for an unusually long time. I didn't want to let it - or Iris - go.' - Alison Huber, Readings Bookshop

'An exhilarating squeezebox of a novel.' - Felicity Plunkett, The Australian Book Review

About the author

Fiona Kelly McGregor has published eight books, most recently the photoessay A Novel Idea, and essay collection Buried Not Dead, which was shortlisted for the Victorian Premiers Literary Awards. Other books include short story collection Suck My Toes/Dirt which won the Steele Rudd Award, and the underground classic chemical palace. Her novel Indelible Ink won Age Book of the Year and was published in French translation by Actes-Sud. McGregor is also known for a substantial repertoire of performance art, which has been seen internationally. She has held residencies at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, Carriageworks, Sydney, and the BR Whiting Studio, Rome. When in Sydney, McGregor lives and works on Gadigal land.
  • Short-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2023.
  • Short-listed for ALS Gold Medal 2023.
  • Long-listed for BookPeople Adult Fiction Book of the Year 2023.
  • Long-listed for ABDA Book Design Awards Best Designed Literary Fiction Cover 2023.
  • Long-listed for The Stella Prize 2023.
  • Short-listed for NSW Premier's Literary Award Christina Stead Prize for Fiction 2023.
Fiona Kelly McGregor
Published September 2022
464 pages 
232mm x 158mm
ISBN 9781760787684

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