From the winner of the Man Booker Prize. The bestselling, universally lauded novel of desire and its denial from acclaimed writer Richard Flanagan.

From the winner of the Man Booker Prize. The bestselling, universally lauded novel of desire and its denial from acclaimed writer Richard Flanagan.

Van Diemen’s Land, 1841. Mathinna, the adopted Aboriginal daughter of the island’s governor, Sir John Franklin, and his wife, Lady Jane, sits for her portrait. She is the subject of a grand experiment in civilisation – one that will determine whether science and reason can be imposed in place of savagery and desire.

Years pass. Sir John Franklin disappears on an Arctic expedition to find the fabled Northwest Passage. England is horrified as reports of cannibalism filter back from search parties, no one more so than the most celebrated novelist of the day, Charles Dickens, for whom Franklin’s story becomes a means to plumb the frozen depths of his own soul.

As several lives become entwined, Wanting transforms the classical myth of Leda and the swan into a novel about the ways in which desire – and its denial – shape us all.

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9781742755120

February 1, 2012

Vintage Australia

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9781742744841

April 1, 2011

RHA eBooks Adult

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Awards & Recognition

2010

Tasmanian Literary Prizes

Winner

2009

Prime Minister's Literary Awards

Shortlisted

2009

Queensland Literary Awards

Winner

2009

Miles Franklin Literary Award

Shortlisted

2009

NSW Premier's Literary Awards

Shortlisted

2008

WA Premiers Literary Award

Winner