Antonia Hayes

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Antonia Hayes


My name is
Antonia Hayes
and I’m an Australian writer who lives in San Francisco.

I wrote a novel called

Christos Quote

Relativity is a novel of assured and measured empathy, a story of familial love and familial hurt that is fair, honest and remarkably non-judgemental. Hayes is a convincing writer and a true storyteller: her characters are alive.”

Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap and Barracuda

SJ Watson Quote

Relativity is wonderful, a beautifully written, heartbreaking novel that I feel certain will find the huge audience it deserves.”

SJ Watson, author of Before I Go To Sleep and Second Life

Graeme Quote

“Original, cleverly plotted and genuinely difficult to put down”

Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect


Published 24 June 2015, AUD$32.99

Gallery Books

Published 3 May 2016, USD$26.00


Ethan is a bright young boy obsessed with physics and astronomy who lives with his mother, Claire. Claire has been a wonderful parent to Ethan, but he’s becoming increasingly curious about his father’s absence in his life, wanting to fill in the gaps.

Claire’s life is centred on Ethan; she is fiercely protective of her talented, vulnerable son, and of her own feelings. When Ethan falls ill, tied to a tragic event from when he was a baby, Claire’s tightly held world is split open.

On the other side of the country, Mark is trying to forget about the events that tore his family apart. Then a sudden and unexpected call home forces him to confront his past, and the hole in his life that was once filled with his wife Claire and his son Ethan.

When Ethan secretly intercepts a letter from Mark to Claire, he unleashes long-suppressed forces that – like gravity – pull the three together again, testing the limits of love and forgiveness.

Heart-wrenching, absorbing and magical, Relativity is an irresistible novel about science, love, unbreakable bonds and irreversible acts.

Little, Brown UK

Published 7 April 2016, £14.99

April Yayınları
Published 2016


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Alice Pung Quote

Relativity is a transcendental book that manages to stay grounded and true in its warmth and pathos. With fully realised characters and a gripping storyline that unfolds into a carefully constructed equation of familial love, I could not put it down.”

Alice Pung, author of Unpolished Gem and Laurinda

“Hayes has a beautifully light touch with characterisation, allowing the reader to get to know the characters the way we get to know people in real life: layer-by-layer, learning more with each action and interaction. I can’t think when I last read such a nuanced, tender take on guilt, blame and redemption.”

Emily Maguire, author of Fishing for Tigers and Taming the Beast

More Quotes

“Reveals a moral mystery where each character is a complex universe capable of love and violence. I tore through it, seeking, along with its characters, shards of some lasting truth. It offers that all is relative. But more importantly, forgiveness is all.”

Courtney Collins, author of The Burial

“So vividly characterised and the structure is just exquisite: perfectly honed in terms of pace and revelation. And the most gorgeous mother–son
relationship in fiction I’ve read in, well, forever.”

Jo Case, author of Boomer & Me


Best Australian Essays 2014

Contributor to The Best Australian Essays 2014. In The Best Australian Essays 2014, Robert Manne assembles his […]

Essay: Meanjin (Wolf Like Me)

Essay in Meanjin, Volume 73, Number 1, 2014

Short Story & Essay: Sincere Forms of Flattery

I contributed a short story ‘Next of Kin’ and accompanying essay to O&S Publishing’s SFOF

Albert Tucker Slow Coffee Stop Motion

Stop motion video made for coffee pop-up, Albert Tucker Small Coffee.

Emerging Writers’ Festival: An Interview with Benjamin Law

Video interview with Ben Law for EWF.

Emerging Writers’ Festival: An Interview with Graeme Simsion

Video interview for EWF with Graeme Simsion

Stop Motion: Antonia & David’s Wedding

Saturday 9th March 2013, Milton NSW

Daily Life: From teen escort to fashion muse

Opinion piece for Fairfax website Daily Life on Zahia Dehar.

Daily Life: $3.5 million? She’s worth it

Opinion piece for Fairfax website Daily Life on Lena Dunham’s book deal.

Daily Life: Is Pinterest killing feminism?

Are all the messy French braids, Mason jars brimming with cocktails and preachy inspirational quotes turning the […]

Daily Life: Bat for Lashes NSFW cover

Opinion piece for Fairfax website Daily Life on the new Bat for Lashes album artwork.

Daily Life: Why is it so hard to make friends as an adult?

Opinion piece for Fairfax website Daily Life on why it’s so hard to make friends as an […]

Daily Life: Teenage Parenthood

Opinion piece for Fairfax website Daily Life on teenage parenthood.

Daily Life: Why I’m Not Having a Hens Night

Opinion piece for Fairfax website Daily Life about hens nights and bachelorette parties.

Daily Life: We’re not doing Santa

Opinion piece for Fairfax website Daily Life about being Santa.

Peri & Justin’s Wedding Video

Lipdub video made for Peri & Justin’s wedding on 31st May 2012 in New York City.
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