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Tie-in edition with the ABC TV adaptation of the international bestseller. The six-part drama series stars Hugo Weaving, Alexander Dimitriades, Xavier Samuel and Susie Porter.

'One of the best novels of recent years, a complete success'—Le Monde (France)

Following years of unrequited love, an out-of-work school teacher takes matters into his own hands, triggering a chain of events neither he nor his psychiatrist could have anticipated. At once a psychological thriller and a social critique, Seven Types of Ambiguity is a story of obsessive love in an age of obsessive materialism.

Reviews

The scope of [Perlman's] ambition and the strength of his achievement in portraying the psychological state of [the developed world] is unrivalled...We feel ourselves spiralling closer to a truth that we could not have reached through other means...[from] a voice in the wilderness burdened with seeing the truth

Times Literary Suppleement (UK)

A colossal achievement, a complicated, driven marathon of a book...a tour de force...At the end in a comprehensive, an almost Shakespearian way, Perlman picks up every loose thread and knots it

The Observer (UK)

Elliot Perlman is the classic of tomorrow

Lire (France)

Where, critics have asked, is Australia's equivalent of Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, or Philip Roth's American Pastoral? Now, with Perlman's achingly humane, richly layered, seamlessly constructed masterpiece, it seems that we have it

The Canberra Times

An impressive, iridescent, all-encompassing view of feeling

Der Spiegel (Germany)

[It has] the virtues of the great modern European novel

Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany)

Read it...a tour de force

The Age

Remarkable...

Sunday Times (UK)

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143784487

    February 27, 2017

    Vintage Australia

    624 pages

    RRP $26.00

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  • Paperback

    9781742752990

    October 3, 2011

    Vintage Australia

    624 pages

    RRP $29.99

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  • EBook

    9781742753003

    September 28, 2011

    RHA eBooks Adult

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Extract

It is quite well understood that a clinically depressed person will show little, if any, interest in constructive activity concerning future events or outcomes. In this respect, Simon has only flirted with depression in its definitive or clinical form. But if that is all that depression required, then I could say without much hesitation that Simon has always been, other than for short periods, too involved in things to be clinically depressed. William really knows very little about what’s on his son’s mind. What he and many people don’t understand is that there is more to depression than a sometimes overwhelming feeling of inadequacy and hopelessness and profound sadness. When people are depressed they are sometimes very, very angry. They are not just quietly miserable. They can be filled with great passion.

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