Australian, family relationships, 80's, 90's

Margaret River Press


'Laurie Steed's dazzling novel 'You Belong Here' has a tenderness, honesty, and sense of humour that's rarely seen in Australian fiction.'
RYAN O'NEILL, winner of the 2017 Prime Minister's Literary Award.


Jen and Steven meet at sixteen and marry at eighteen.  Soon they're the parents of three young children.

Initially, the kids keep them together until love turns to lies and the family implodes.  As they become adults, each child faces love and loss in the shadow of their family legacy.

You Belong Here is a book about trust and connection. About what keeps us going in spite of ourselves. 

About a place where we belong.


‘In You Belong Here, Laurie Steed brings us the Slaters, a family with all the dysfunction of an Anne Tyler novel, but with a distinctively Australian feel. At times I felt transported back to my teenage self—music blaring, face buried in a pillow, overcome with heartache, but also rather enjoying myself.’
MELANIE CHENG, winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript

‘Laurie Steed is a master at conveying relationships that could be real to any of us, writing with depth, nuance, and subtlety. A beautiful read that will make these people as real to you as your own family.’
LES ZIG, author, Just Another Week in Suburbia

Laurie Steed is an author and editor from Perth.  His fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Award-winning Australia Writing, The Age, Meanjin, Island, and Westerly.

You Belong Here

Laurie Steed


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Nathan Hobby generously writes on his blog, 'I'm so pleased to see this book released into the world.  Laurie's been a generous and patient mentor and teacher to many, contributing to the writing community significantly both here in Perth and Melbourne.  Ryan O'Neill calls You Belong Here 'tender' on the cover, and he's right.  It tenderly gives literary shape to normal lives: the small-scale tragedies, long-running family feuds, the fleeting moments of joy, and the boredom and confusion.  It's a rewarding novel-in-sotires, capturing both Generation X adn Perth in phases of their life now lost.'  Read Nathan's full review here. 

Laurie chatted to Amanda Curtin for her blog series 2,2 and 2.  Read the full interview here.

Lisa Hill @ ANZ LitLovers LitBlog introduced Laurie on her series 'Debut Mondays' - a series where debut Australian authors have the opportunity to spruik their novel.  Click here for Laurie's spruik.

Listen to Laurie's interview on Breakfast with Caitlin on RTRFM 92.1 here.


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