Winner of the Adelaide Festival Award for Literature.
A ghost story about a dolls' house, based on the childhood writings of Kathleen and Nina Rouse who lived at the Rouse Hill Estate west of Sydney in the late 19th century.
‘For every child that is lost,” said Dr Fleet, his voice dropping, "another must be found.” Sarah shook her head at the floor. “In the circle,” whispered Dr Fleet, “there can be no gaps, no spaces. Loss and gain, a child for a child. There is a circle. A child for a child, for a child.”
The children play with a mysterious doll’s house on a remote Australian property named “Abyssinia”. Or are the children really dolls themselves?