The Alphabet of Light and Dark : A Novel and Accompanying Essay

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Dr Richard Rossiter


This thesis comprises n novel titled The Alphabet of Light and Dark and an accompanying essay titled ''The Skeleton of a Mermaid: Writing The Alphabet of Light and Dark'. The novel tells the story of Essie Lewis, an oceanographer in Western Australia, who returns to her home in Tasmania at the time of her grandfather's death. She inherits a sea chest full of strange treasures- among them a paper nautilus shell, a wedding band, a coil of fair hair, a coconut, and a thruppence piece coated in nacre.

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