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Extinctions  : Shortlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award - Josephine Wilson

Extinctions

Shortlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award

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Published: 1st November 2016
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"He hated the word ‘retirement’, but not as much as he hated the word ‘village’, as if ageing made you a peasant or a fool. Herein lives the village idiot."

Professor Frederick Lothian, retired engineer, world expert on concrete and connoisseur of modernist design, has quarantined himself from life by moving to a retirement village. His wife, Martha, is dead and his two adult children are lost to him in their own ways. Surrounded and obstructed by the debris of his life – objects he has collected over many years and tells himself he is keeping for his daughter – he is determined to be miserable, but is tired of his existence and of the life he has chosen.

When a series of unfortunate incidents forces him and his neighbour, Jan, together, he begins to realise the damage done by the accumulation of a lifetime’s secrets and lies, and to comprehend his own shortcomings. Finally, Frederick Lothian has the opportunity to build something meaningful for the ones he loves.

Humorous, poignant and galvanising by turns, Extinctions is a novel about all kinds of extinction – natural, racial, national and personal – and what we can do to prevent them.

Winner of the 2015 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript
Shortlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award

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  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Well Written

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    Comments about Extinctions:

    Not surprise JW is short-listed for numerous awards. She deserves to succeed.

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    • Engaging characters
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        Would be a great book club book and generate lots of discussion. Characters who really hang around with you after you have finished the reading... Great Australian fiction

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        Peppered with clever observations, the writing is sharp and the interactions in Extinctions are complex, building a rewarding narrative about being lost but ultimately getting found. PORTIA LINDSAY, BOOKS+PUBLISHING

        ISBN: 9781742588988
        ISBN-10: 1742588980
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 280
        Published: 1st November 2016
        Publisher: UWA Publishing
        Country of Publication: AU
        Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 1.91
        Weight (kg): 0.3