‘He couldn’t say for sure that even then he’d realised the ship was sinking. He had dropped the pot and rushed to his cabin to find his savings. Is that something a man does on the brink of death? Perhaps it is.’
In ‘One short mile from land’, from Griffith Review 55: State of Hope, Jane Rawson traces the recollections of George, a survivor of a sunk ship off the coast of South Australia. This piece formed part ofthe novel From the Wreck, which is based on the wrecking in 1859 of the steamship Admella (of which Rawson’s great-great-grandfather was a survivor) and was longlisted for the 2018 Miles Franklin Award.