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  • Published: 23 September 2013
  • ISBN: 9781741666700
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $37.99

The Narrow Road to the Deep North




A novel of the cruelty of war, and tenuousness of life and the impossibility of love.

What would you do if you saw the love of your life, whom you thought dead for a quarter of a century, walking towards you?

Richard Flanagan's story—of Dorrigo Evans, an Australian doctor haunted by a love affair with his uncle's wife —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.

Taking its title from 17th-century haiku poet Basho's travel journal, The Narrow Road To The Deep North is 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.

  • Pub date: 23 September 2013
  • ISBN: 9781741666700
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $37.99

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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