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.
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