‘Kate Mildenhall has outrageous confidence in her sparkling narrative, in her capabilities. As she should. This is a profound conversation about all those things we put-off talking about, seen in the context of the past, the present and the future.’
– Sydney Morning Herald
‘Spellbinding, genre-defying, and powerful in its vision of the future … The Hummingbird Effect is a devastating novel that exposes the ways the future is seeded in the past.’
– Australian Book Review
'Kate Mildenhall is such an exciting writer to read … This generous, playful novel speaks to themes of climate change, survival and holding space for each other, as well as the enduring power of female friendship.'
– The Guardian
'It's a blinder . . . I read it sideways and with clenched teeth.'
– Helen Garner, author of Everywhere I Look
'I loved this book. It is urgent and questioning, concerned but ultimately hopeful. The writing remembers our past, honours our present and imagines our future. It is often sublime and sometimes astonishing. I will be recommending this book to everyone I know.'
– Pip Williams, author of The Bookbinder of Jericho
'Kate Mildenhall orchestrates this shape-shifting novel with extraordinary flair. Her imaginative range is astonishing. The Hummingbird Effect is audacious fiction that engages wisely and tenderly with pressing concerns.'
– Michelle de Kretser, author of Scary Monsters
The Hummingbird Effect is deeply grounded in place and character, and speaks to the interdependence of all living things. Mildenhall writes about these women and their relationships with empathy, wit, and ferocity. An exquisite, unforgettable read.
– Grace Chan, author of Every Version of You
'Cormac McCarthy meets Geraldine Brooks, Peter Carey meets Elizabeth Gilbert, The Hummingbird Effect is an ambitious, defiant, electrifying juggernaut. Kate Mildenhall cements her status as a titan of Australian literature by raising the bar to dizzying heights. An incredible achievement. I didn’t want it to end.'
– Chris Flynn, author of Mammoth
'The Hummingbird Effect is exceptional. Both highly creative and hugely readable, I loved it.'
– Jane Harper, author of The Dry
'Such an astounding and accomplished novel. It was an absolute joy to read. Simply put, I loved it.'
– Sarah Winman, author of Still Life