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Best fiction book in the world 2014!

October 15, 2014

road narrow northThe Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 has been awarded to “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” by Australian author Richard Flanagan.  Must be something about the Southern Hemisphere, as of course, our own Eleanor Catlin won for ‘The Luminiaries’ last year!   Reserve here

‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’ is about Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor haunted by a love affair with his uncle’s wife. The story 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.

It’s 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.  (Provided by publisher)

The judges described The Narrow Road to the Deep North as a book that “kicks you so hard in the stomach” it takes the breath away.   It took Flanagan 12 years and five drafts to complete, but at least he is now rewarded with prestige as well as £50,000, and no doubt, many more book sales now.

 

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