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  • Published: 19 March 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143790747
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $26.00

The Narrow Road to the Deep North




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

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

  • Pub date: 19 March 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143790747
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $26.00

About the Author

Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan was born in Tasmania in 1961. His novels Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, Wanting, The Narrow Road to the Deep North and First Person have received numerous honours and are published in 42 countries. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North in 2014.

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Awards & Recognition

  • Man Booker Prize

    Winner • 2014 • Man Booker Prize

  • Prime Minister's Literary Award

    Joint winner • 2014 • Prime Minister's Literary Award

  • Queensland Literary Awards

    Winner • 2014 • University of Queensland Fiction Book Award

  • The Indie Awards

    Winner • 2014 • Independent Booksellers Award

  • Western Australian Premier's Book Awards

    Winner • 2014 • Western Australia Premier's Book Award

  • Colin Roderick Award

    Shortlisted • 2014 • Colin Roderick Award

  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards

    Shortlisted • 2014 • Christina Stead Prize for Fiction

  • Margaret Scott Prize

    Winner • 2015 • Margaret Scott Prize - Tasmanian Premier's Literary Prizes

  • International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

    Shortlisted • 2015 • International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

  • Tasmania Book Prize

    Longlisted • 2015 • Tamania Book Prize - Premier's Literary Prizes


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