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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

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143790747

    March 19, 2018

    Penguin

    RRP $19.99

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  • Hardback

    9780857987921

    December 1, 2014

    Knopf Australia

    496 pages

    RRP $45.00

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  • Paperback

    9780857980366

    October 15, 2014

    Vintage Australia

    480 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781741666700

    September 23, 2013

    Vintage Australia

    480 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9781742756394

    September 23, 2013

    Random House Australia

    480 pages

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Book Clubs
Richard Flanagan Reading Notes

The Narrow Road to the Deep North – an inspired book club selection.

Awards and Recognition

  • Man Booker Prize
    2014
    Winner
    Man Booker Prize
  • Prime Minister's Literary Award
    2014
    Joint winner
    Prime Minister's Literary Award
  • Queensland Literary Awards
    2014
    Winner
    University of Queensland Fiction Book Award
  • The Indie Awards
    2014
    Winner
    Independent Booksellers Award
  • Western Australian Premier's Book Awards
    2014
    Winner
    Western Australia Premier's Book Award
  • Colin Roderick Award
    2014
    Shortlisted
    Colin Roderick Award
  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards
    2014
    Shortlisted
    Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
  • Margaret Scott Prize
    2015
    Winner
    Margaret Scott Prize - Tasmanian Premier's Literary Prizes
  • International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
    2015
    Shortlisted
    International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
  • Tasmania Book Prize
    2015
    Longlisted
    Tamania Book Prize - Premier's Literary Prizes

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The Australian Disease: On the Decline of Love and the Rise of Non-Freedom: Short Black 1
The Great Australian Writers' Collection 2013
Out of a Wild Sea
Out of a Wild Sea (Storycuts)
The Sound Of One Hand Clapping
Gould's Book Of Fish
Death Of A River Guide
The Unknown Terrorist
And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?
Wanting

Recommendations

The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
The Girl on the Train
The Golden House
Dragonfly In Amber
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Swing Time
The Mistress
Tiger Men
The Golden Age
Fifty Shades Darker
The Tea Gardens
A Long Way from Home
First Person
Uncommon Type
The Trip of a Lifetime
The Light Between Oceans
Line of Fire