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, 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, 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

2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2014 Prime Minister's Literary Award
2014 University of Queensland Fiction Book Award
2014 Colin Roderick Award
2014 Man Booker Prize
2014 Western Australia Premier's Book Award - Fiction
2014 Western Australia Premier's Book Award
2014 Christina Stead Prize for 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
  • Hardback
    $45.00 RRP
    ISBN: 9780857987921
    Published: 01/12/2014
    Imprint: Knopf Australia
    Extent: 496 pages
  • eBook
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    ISBN: 9781742756394
    Published: 23/09/2013
    Imprint: RHA eBooks Adult
    Extent: 480 pages
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Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan was born in Longford, Tasmania, in 1961. His novels are published in thirty-eight countries and have received numerous honours, including the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North. A rapid on the Franklin River is named after him.

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