Published by 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.

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‘Come in. Press PLAY. Tell me what you like about this song. Shout out your dreams, cravings, obsessions from when the track starts, right through to the end. I’ll shout too, you, me, together, louder until we’re a wall of sound. We are trying to find things, people, places we love, and everything counts—songs, films, books, fathers, lovers, friends, and brothers.’

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 grow into 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.




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'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- MELANIE CHENG, Winner, 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript

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'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