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- DescriptionWinner of the Stella Prize and the Best Fiction and Overall Book of the Year at the Independent Bookseller Awards Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award Longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award She hears her own thick voice deep inside her ears when she says, 'I need to kw where I am.' The man stands there, tall and narrow, hand still on the doorkb, surprised. He says, almost in sympathy, 'Oh, sweetie. You need to kw what you are.' Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in a broken-down property in the middle of a desert. Strangers to each other, they have idea where they are or how they came to be there with eight other girls, forced to wear strange uniforms, their heads shaved, guarded by two inept yet vicious armed jailers and a 'nurse'. The girls all have something in common, but what is it? What crime has brought them here from the city? Who is the mysterious security company responsible for this desolate place with its brutal rules, its total isolation from the contemporary world? Doing hard labour under a sweltering sun, the prisoners soon learn what links them: in each girl's past is a sexual scandal with a powerful man. They pray for rescue - but when the food starts running out it becomes clear that the jailers have also become the jailed. The girls can only rescue themselves.
- Author BiographyCharlotte Wood is the author of five novels and a book of non-fiction. Her latest novel, The Natural Way of Things, won the 2016 Stella Prize, the Indie Book of the Year and Indie Fiction Book of the Year prizes, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award and the Miles Franklin. Charlotte was also editor of the short story anthology Brothers and Sisters, and for three years edited The Writer's Room Interviews magazine. Her work has been shortlisted for various prizes including the Christina Stead, Kibble and Miles Franklin Awards. Two novels - The Children and The Natural Way of Things - have been optioned for feature films. The Australian described her as 'one of our most original and provocative writers'. She lives in Sydney.
- PrizesShortlisted for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2016.
- Author(s)Charlotte Wood
- PublisherAllen & Unwin
- Date of Publication02/06/2016
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationAuckland, N.Z.
- Country of PublicationNew Zealand
- ImprintAllen & Unwin
- Weight490 g
- Width155 mm
- Height218 mm
- Spine30 mm
- Edition StatementMain
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