The Narrow Road to the Deep North

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2014. A novel of the cruelty of war, and tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.

 
The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2014. A novel of the cruelty of war, and tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.

August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever.

This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

'The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a big, magnificent novel of passion and horror and tragic irony. Its scope, its themes and its people all seem to grow richer and deeper in significance with the progress of the story, as it moves to its extraordinary resolution. It's by far the best new novel I've read in ages.' - Patrick McGrath

'Beyond comparison . . . an immense achievement . . . Wilfred Owen wrote of his Great War verse: 'My subject is war, and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity.' Flanagan's triumph is to find poetry without any pity at all.' - Geordie Williamson, The Australian

‘A story of war and star-crossed lovers, the novel is also a profound meditation on life and time, memory and forgetting . . . a magnificent achievement.' - Katharine England, Adelaide Advertiser

'A masterpiece . . . The Narrow Road is an extraordinary piece of writing and a high point in an already distinguished career.' - Michael Williams, The Guardian

Awards

2014 Prime Minister's Literary Award
2014 Man Booker Prize
2014 Western Australia Premier's Book Award
2014 Western Australia Premier's Book Award - Fiction
2014 Independent Booksellers Award

Available Formats

  • Paperback
    $19.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780857980366
    Published: 15/10/2014
    Imprint: Vintage Australia
    Extent: 480 pages
  • Trade Paperback
    $32.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781741666700
    Published: 23/09/2013
    Imprint: Vintage Australia
    Extent: 480 pages
  • eBook
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    ISBN: 9781742756394
    Published: 23/09/2013
    Imprint: RHA eBooks Adult
    Extent: 480 pages
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"Considered by many to be the finest Australian novelist of his generation... A journey of loss and discovery, this is a novel replete with scenes that stay with the reader long after the final page. In clear prose that is never sentimental or overwritten, Mr Flanagan explores human reactions, large and small. The Narrow Road to the Deep North was the book Mr Flanagan was born to write." - The Economist

"'Nothing could have prepared us for this immense achievement...The Narrow Road to the Deep North is beyond comparison...Intensely moving...Wilfred Owen wrote of his Great War verse: “My subject is war, and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity.” Flanagan's triumph is to find poetry without any pity at all." - Geordie Williamson, The Australian

"A story of war and star-crossed lovers, the novel is also a profound meditation on life and time, memory and forgetting . . . a magnificent achievement." - Katharine England, Adelaide Advertiser

"Profound . . . It’s not just the big characters, but also the minor ones who strike their perfect notes." - Herald Sun (Melbourne)

"It is a huge novel, ambitious, driven, multi-stranded . . . The novel's fictional characters, Australian and Japanese, shimmer with life; they are familiar yet finally unknowable, compromised, betrayed, fallible and credible . . . A grand, paradoxical dance that is both macabre and life affirming." - Morag Fraser, The Sydney Morning Herald

"A masterpiece...A symphony of tenderness and love, a moving and powerful story that captures the weight and breadth of a live. A Narrow Road is an extraordinary piece of writing and a high point in an already distinguished career" - Michael Williams, The Guardian

"Flanagan's prose is richly innovative...He evokes Evans's affair with Amy, and his subsequent soulless wanderings, with an intensity and beauty that is as poetic as the classical Japanese literature that peppers this novel." - Melissa Katsoulis, The Times (London)

"Despite the novel’s epic sprawl it retains the delicate vignettes that characterise Flanagan’s work, those beautiful brush strokes of poignancy and veracity that remain in the reader’s mind long afterwards." - The West Australian

"Richard Flanagan is an extraordinary writer and this sixth novel is a masterpiece." - Australian Women’s Weekly

"The opposing emotions of love and hate are brilliantly drawn together here by Flanagan in this, his sixth novel. Detailing human suffering and fellow feeling here is a work of extraordinary depth and Flanagan at his best." - Martin Stevenson, Launceston Examiner (Tasmania)

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Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan was born in Longford, Tasmania, in 1961. His books include Death Of A River Guide, The Sound Of One Hand Clapping, Gould's Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist and Wanting. He directed a feature film version of The Sound Of One Hand Clapping. His journalism appears in various publications, including the New Yorker, Le Monde, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and la Repubblica.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North won the 2014 Man Booker Prize and the 2014 Indie Book of the Year Award.

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