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  • Published: 25 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143572503
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $19.99

Too Many Men




Lily Brett's most celebrated work, and number-one international bestseller.

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize

Ruth Rothwax, a successful woman with her own business, Rothwax Correspondence, can find order and meaning in writing words for other people – condolence letters, thank-you letters, even you-were-great-in-bed letters. But as the daughter of Edek Rothwax, an Auschwitz survivor with a somewhat idiosyncratic approach to the English language, Ruth can find no words to understand the loss her family experienced during World War II.

Ruth is obsessed with the idea of returning to Poland with her father, but she doesn't quite understand why she feels this so intensely. To make sense of her family's past, yes. To visit the places where her beloved mother and father lived and almost died, certainly. But she knows there's more to this trip. By facing Poland, and the past, she can finally confront her own future.

'One of a rare breed . . . a polished stylist with brains, wit, and a message.' Sun Herald'Too Many Men is [Lily Brett's] masterpiece.' The Australian

'This is writing of a high order of acomplishment.' Sydney Morning Herald

'A very funny writer with a feel for the vagaries of conversation and behaviour.' The Age

  • Published: 25 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143572503
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Lily Brett

Lily Brett was born in Germany and came to Melbourne with her parents in 1948. She is one of Australia's most loved, prolific and successful authors. She has published six works of fiction, seven books of poetry, and three essay collections to much critical acclaim in Australia and around the world. Her novel Lola Bensky won France's Prix Médicis Étranger in 2014. Lily Brett is married to the Australian painter David Rankin. They have three children and live in New York.

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