Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2014. A vel 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 vel 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 vel 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 vel I've read in ages.' - Patrick McGrath 'Magnificent.' -- Michael Gorra, The New York Times 'Beyond comparison ...an immense achievement ...Wilfred Owen wrote of his Great War verse- My subject is war, and the pity of war. The poetry
Richard Flanagan was born in Longford, Tasmania, in 1961. His novels are published in thirty-eight countries and have received numerous honours, including the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North. A rapid on the Franklin River is named after him.