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2015 Shortlist

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

ABOUT
THE BOOK

.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.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Richard
Flanagan

Richard Flanagan‘s five previous novels-Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, and Wanting-have received numerous honors and are published in forty-two countries. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North. He lives in Tasmania.

Richard Flanagan‘s five previous novels-Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, and Wanting-have received numerous honors and are published in forty-two countries. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North. He lives in Tasmania.

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

A beautifully sad tale of a man who fell in love, but was sent to war, and in the end, taken prisoner. The story describes what he had to endure and follows his post war life and that of his Japanese captors.
This novel is an extraordinary study of beauty and brutality. Beautifully written, The Narrow Road to the Deep North explores the many forms of war, love, memory and loss.

Richard Flanagan’s sixth novel is a griping novel set in 1943, in a Japanese prisoner of war camp on the Thai-Burma railway. Flanagan exposes the cruelty of war while beautifully exploring the themes of the impermanence of life and the impossibility of love. The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a well researched story which has received great acclaim and has been longlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award. It is a work which demonstrates the skill of an author writing at the peak of his craft and is a worthy contender for the Dublin award.

Using dual narratives in a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway and suburban Australia, Richard Flanagan’s novel jumps between past and present to recount a horrific day on the railway and the post-war lives of those involved. The narratives contrast the hellish acts of war with a suburban illicit love story. Flanagan’s novel explores love and death, the horror of war, and the nature of heroism. The novel has won the Indie Book of the Year Award and been shortlisted to the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
23/09/2013

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