When Things are Alive They Hum

Can you hear the hum?

When Things Are Alive They Hum poses profound questions about the nature of love and existence, the ways grief changes us, and how we confront the hand fate has dealt us. Intensely moving, exquisitely written and literally humming with wonder, it is a novel that celebrates life in all its guises, and what comes after.

When Things Are Alive They Hum is available now

About the Author

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Hannah Bent completed her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and Film from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London. She undertook further study in both directing and screenwriting at the Australian Film and Television and Radio School and has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Technology, Sydney. She was the 2013 recipient of the Ray Koppe Young Writers Award for her novel as a work in progress.

Her debut novel When Things Are Alive They Hum was inspired by her sister Camilla who lives with Down syndrome. When Things Are Alive They Hum has been shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2022, the MUD Literary Prize 2022, and longlisted for the ABIA Book Awards 2022 in the categories of General Fiction Book of the Year Award and The Matt Richelle Award for New Writer Of The Year.

Hannah Bent
Entrepreneur, Writer and Speaker

Book Chapters

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Chapter 1: Win back your time

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Chapter 2: Work less, do more

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Chapter 3: Improve your habits

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Chapter 4: Building a system

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Chapter 5: Delegate

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Chapter 6: Next Steps

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What Readers Say About the Book

Trent Dalton: ‘What a gift’ 
Joanna Nell: ‘Captivating and memorable’ 
Suzanne Daniel: ‘Compelling and tender.’ 
Kathryn Heyman: ‘Hums with love, truth and tenderness.’

Hannah Bent’s outstanding debut is a wise, wondrous celebration of life.

The Australian
CEO & Founder at  @Company

Hannah Bent has created a literary heroine of such pure beauty she takes your breath away.

Australian Women's Weekly
Head of Marketing at  @Company

A tender portrayal of sisterly love and impossible choices that will break your heart.

Sydney Morning Herald
Marketing Lead at @Company

Posing profound questions about grief, love and fate, Bent’s debut celebrates life and sisterhood in an awe-inspiring way

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Marketing Director at  @Company

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