My novel: The Fur


Fremantle Press 2004
Winner 2003 T.A.G. Hungerford Award
Shortlisted 2004 W.A. Premier’s Award Young Adult Fiction


Available online from Fremantle Press or Bookworld.


The Fur is the story of a troubled teenager’s quest to live a meaningful life. The backdrop is a Western Australia quarantined from the rest of the world because of a fungus which has infested the state. Michael has to choose between quietism, revolution, and escape. Hungry for love, his dilemma is painfully compounded by his fundamentalist family, his mother’s death and his obsession with beautiful and inaccessible girls.

Praise for The Fur

Nathan Hobby’s imagination is hungry and intense. He needs a whole world to feed it and then some.’- Michael McGirr, Sydney Morning Herald

‘Polish passion and a brilliant handling of theme mark Nathan Hobby’s debut novel…Deals brilliantly with the sort of troubles that beset bright teenagers. But while it has the same seriousness and insight as Salinger’s novel, it has more breadth… At the very least it should be in every Australian high school library and recommended reading list.’

– Stephen Dedman, The West Australian

9 thoughts on “My novel: The Fur”

  1. I would really like to read this. I respect your achievement.


  2. Great post! I am sure many people are checking this out.


  3. Hey there 🙂 I’m extremely interested in reading your novel. I’m also working on a book–and was wondering if you had any advice for a writer who has no publishing experience.


  4. Thanks for stopping by. Not sure what advice to give – it’s a tough game, sometimes a heartbreaking one. Or that’s been my experience.


  5. I recently read The Fur. I absolutely adored it and wanted to know if you had any other novels.


  6. Hopefully House of Zealots will be out in 2013. 🙂


  7. SydneyReader said:

    I read this in high school multiple times alone in the library at lunch times. I wanted to avoid being out in the yard and kind of just picked it up to pass the time. I didn’t like reading at the time but it sparked my love for reading which I’ve now carried with me long after. I remember really enjoying it and it was oddly comforting.

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    • Wow, thank you SydneyReader, that’s once of the nicest things anyone’s ever said about my work! I’m so glad it meant something to you at high school and encouraged you to read. Some times it takes the right book to realise what reading can do to you.


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