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Extinctions  : Winner of the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award - Josephine Wilson


Winner of the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award


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Winner of the 2015 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript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


relevent subject with rich potential


The subject of the book was quite relevant to me and that was why I bought it. I found the book to be well written . The theme had major potential to expand upon but the story became a bit far fetched and unbelievable after a while . The ending seemed rushed and underwhelming .

western australia

Well worth reading


I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and the characters were engaging. The story concept was relevant in the current social climate.

Sydney Australia



This book is now in my Top 5 Best Reads Ever. It is unique in its concept/design, it made me laugh, cry and wonder at how the author can write so intelligently and not be dry and factual. Finished it 4 days ago and still miss the characters. Totally beguiling, an absolute treasure of a book. Every body should read this book. A most worthy winner of the Miles Franklin Award...thank you, thank you, thank you Josephine Wilson!




I think I was disappointed given that the book won the Miles Franklin. It was okay but not riveting for me




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

Perth, WA




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

Perth WA, Australia



4.2 6


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