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Questions of Travel : Winner of the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award - Michelle de Kretser

Questions of Travel

Winner of the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award

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Winner of the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award & The Prime Minister’s Literary Award 2013.

Book Description

A dazzling, compassionate and deeply moving novel from one of world literature's rising stars.

A mesmerising literary novel, Questions of Travel charts two very different lives. Laura travels the world before returning to Sydney, where she works for a publisher of travel guides. Ravi dreams of being a tourist until he is driven from Sri Lanka by devastating events.

Around these two superbly drawn characters, a double narrative assembles an enthralling array of people, places and stories - from Theo, whose life plays out in the long shadow of the past, to Hana, an Ethiopian woman determined to reinvent herself in Australia.

Award-winning author Michelle de Kretser illuminates travel, work and modern dreams in this brilliant evocation of the way we live now. Wonderfully written, Questions of Travel is an extraordinary work of imagination - a transformative, very funny and intensely moving novel.

About the Author

Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was 14. Educated in Melbourne and Paris, Michelle has worked as a university tutor, an editor and a book reviewer. She is the author of The Rose Grower, The Hamilton Case, which won the Commonwealth Prize (SE Asia and Pacific region) and the UK Encore Prize, and The Lost Dog, which was widely praised by writers such as AS Byatt, Hilary Mantel and William Boyd and won a swag of awards, including: the 2008 NSW Premier's Book of the Year Award and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, and the 2008 ALS Gold Medal. The Lost Dog was also shortlisted for the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, the Western Australian Premier's Australia-Asia Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Asia-Pacific Region) and Orange Prize's Shadow Youth Panel. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction.

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      5.0

      Great summer read

      By From a family of readers

      from Wollongong

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      Pros

      • Easy To Read
      • Engaging characters
      • Informative
      • Page-Turner
      • Well Written

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        Comments about Questions of Travel:

        I loved this book, I was disappointed when it ended. The story was engaging and informative without being heavy handed.

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        4.0

        Beautifully written and executed

        By Hazel the Bookclub member

        from Perth Au

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        • Contemporary
        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Well Written

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          Comments about Questions of Travel:

          My choice of book for bookclub. This book created a lot of discussion, especially around the two main characters, the beautiful but extensive detail in the book and the very sad events.

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          5.0

          Quite a Read!!!

          By All round reader M

          from Brunswick East AU

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            Comments about Questions of Travel:

            Not surprised this won the Miles Franklin... a wonderful story teller with engaging charaters that make you read on till the end.... Can't say much else except you need to read this one.

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            Praise for The Lost Dog:
            'This is the best novel I have read in a long time.' - AS Byatt
            'a beautiful piece of writing - place your bets now for the Booker.' - Kate Saunders, The Times

            Praise for The Hamilton Case:
            'one of the most remarkable books I've read in a long while - subtle and mysterious, both comic and eerie, and brilliantly evocative of time and place. I've never been to Sri Lanka but I feel it's become part of my interior landscape, and I so much admire Michelle de Kretser's formidable technique - her characters feel alive, and she can create a sweeping narrative which encompasses years, and yet still retain the sharp, almost hallucinatory detail. It's brilliant. (Booker judges, where were you?)' - Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall

            Michelle de Kretser

            Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was 14. Educated in Melbourne and Paris, Michelle has worked as a university tutor, an editor and a book reviewer. She is the author of The Rose Grower, The Hamilton Case, which won the Commonwealth Prize (SE Asia and Pacific region) and the UK Encore Prize, and The Lost Dog, which was widely praised by writers such as AS Byatt, Hilary Mantel and William Boyd and won a swag of awards, including: the 2008 NSW Premier's Book of the Year Award and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, and the 2008 ALS Gold Medal. The Lost Dog was also shortlisted for the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, the Western Australian Premier's Australia-Asia Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Asia-Pacific Region) and Orange Prize's Shadow Youth Panel. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction.

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            ISBN: 9781743317334
            ISBN-10: 1743317336
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 528
            Published: 1st August 2013
            Publisher: Allen & Unwin
            Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 3.8
            Weight (kg): 0.46
            Edition Number: 1