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The Narrow Road to the Deep North

A novel of the cruelty of war, and tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love. What would you do if you saw the love of your life, whom you thought dead for a quarter of a century, walking towards you? Richard Flanagan's story of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor haunted by a love affair with his uncle's wife journeys from the caves of Tasmanian trappers in the early twentieth century to a crumbling pre-war beachside hotel, from a Thai jungle prison to a Japanese snow festival, from the Changi gallows to a chance meeting of lovers on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Taking its title from 17th-century haiku poet Basho's travel journal, The Narrow Road to the Deep North is about the impossibility of love. At its heart is one day in a Japanese slave labour camp in August 1943. As the day builds to its horrific climax, Dorrigo Evans battles and fails in his quest to save the lives of his fellow POWs, a man is killed for no reason, and a love story unfolds.

Awards:

  • Winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2014 Queensland Literary Award for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2014 WA Premier's Prize Book Award and the WA Premier's Book Award for Fiction
  • Shortlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2014 Queensland Literary Award for Fiction
  • Longlisted for the 2014 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Author Biography: RICHARD FLANAGAN was born in Tasmania in 1961. Regarded internationally as one of Australia's best novelists, his multi-award-winning novels, DEATH OF A RIVER GUIDE, THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING, GOULD'S BOOK OF FISH, THE UNKNOWN TERRORIST, and WANTING have been published to popular success and critical acclaim in twenty-five countries. His most recent novel, WANTING, won the 2009 QLD Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, the 2008 WA Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, The 2011 Tasmanian Book Prize, was a 2008 New Yorker Notable Book, 2008 Library Journal Notable Book, 2008 London Observer Book of the Year, and 2008 Washington Post Book of the Year. It was also shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award. He directed a feature film version of THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING. His most recent work is a collection of his nonfiction pieces, AND WHAT DO YOU DO, MR GABLE?. He lives in Hobart with his family.

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A novel of the cruelty of war, and tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love. What would you do if you saw the love of your life, whom you thought dead for a quarter of a century, walking towards you? Richard Flanagan's story of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor haunted by a love affair with his uncle's wife journeys from the caves of Tasmanian trappers in the early twentieth century to a crumbling pre-war beachside hotel, from a Thai jungle prison to a Japanese snow festival, from the Changi gallows to a chance meeting of lovers on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Taking its title from 17th-century haiku poet Basho's travel journal, The Narrow Road to the Deep North is about the impossibility of love. At its heart is one day in a Japanese slave labour camp in August 1943. As the day builds to its horrific climax, Dorrigo Evans battles and fails in his quest to save the lives of his fellow POWs, a man is killed for no reason, and a love story unfolds.

Awards:

  • Winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2014 Queensland Literary Award for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2014 WA Premier's Prize Book Award and the WA Premier's Book Award for Fiction
  • Shortlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2014 Queensland Literary Award for Fiction
  • Longlisted for the 2014 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Author Biography: RICHARD FLANAGAN was born in Tasmania in 1961. Regarded internationally as one of Australia's best novelists, his multi-award-winning novels, DEATH OF A RIVER GUIDE, THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING, GOULD'S BOOK OF FISH, THE UNKNOWN TERRORIST, and WANTING have been published to popular success and critical acclaim in twenty-five countries. His most recent novel, WANTING, won the 2009 QLD Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, the 2008 WA Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, The 2011 Tasmanian Book Prize, was a 2008 New Yorker Notable Book, 2008 Library Journal Notable Book, 2008 London Observer Book of the Year, and 2008 Washington Post Book of the Year. It was also shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award. He directed a feature film version of THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING. His most recent work is a collection of his nonfiction pieces, AND WHAT DO YOU DO, MR GABLE?. He lives in Hobart with his family.

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