The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

By Richard Flanagan

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

ā€˜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.ā€™ - 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

Format & Editions

Paperback

9780857980366

October 15, 2014

Vintage Australia

RRP $19.99

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Trade Paperback

9781741666700

September 23, 2013

Vintage Australia

RRP $32.99

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Hardback

9780857987921

December 1, 2014

Knopf Australia

RRP $45.00

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EBook

9781742756394

September 23, 2013

RHA eBooks Adult

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Awards & Recognition

2015

Margaret Scott Prize

Winner

2015

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Shortlisted

2015

Tasmania Book Prize

Longlisted

2014

NSW Premier's Literary Awards

Shortlisted

2014

Man Booker Prize

Winner

2014

Colin Roderick Award

Shortlisted

2014

Western Australian Premier's Book Awards

Winner

2014

Prime Minister's Literary Award

Joint Winner

2014

The Indie Awards

Winner

2014

Queensland Literary Awards

Winner