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