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The Other Side of the World : 2016 ABIAs Literary Fiction Book of The Year - Stephanie Bishop

The Other Side of the World

2016 ABIAs Literary Fiction Book of The Year

By: Stephanie Bishop, Penelope Rawlins (Read by)

eBook | 30 June 2015

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WINNER - Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2015

Shortlisted - The Victorian Premier's Literary Award 2015

Shortlisted - ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2016

Longlisted - The Stella Prize 2016


A story of melancholy beauty that proves the only thing harder than losing home is trying to find it again.

Cambridge, 1963.

Charlotte is struggling. With motherhood, with the changes marriage and parenthood bring, with losing the time and the energy to paint. Her husband, Henry, wants things to be as they were and can't face the thought of another English winter.

A brochure slipped through the letterbox slot brings him the answer: 'Australia brings out the best in you'.

Despite wanting to stay in the place that she knows, Charlotte is too worn out to fight. Before she has a chance to realise what it will mean, she is travelling to the other side of the world. Arriving in Perth, the southern sun shines a harsh light on both Henry and Charlotte and slowly reveals that their new life is not the answer either was hoping for. Charlotte is left wondering if there is anywhere she belongs and how far she'll go to find her way home . . .


'profoundly moving ... a literary tour de force' - Australian Women's Weekly

'the precision and flair of the writing is breathtaking' - Weekend Australian

'a mature and accomplished debut' - Hobart Mercury

Industry Reviews
'A striking new voice, calm and fresh' - Helen Garner on Stephanie

The story of Charlotte and Henry - the melancholy beauty of its prose and the sharpness of its insights into nostalgia and belonging - has stayed with me for weeks now. - Geordie Williamson

Assured, evocative, moving - without question one of the finest Australian novels of 2015. - Martin Shaw

the precision and flair of the writing is breathtaking - Weekend Australian

a haunting beauty reminiscent of the writings of Emily Bronte and Virginia Woolfe - Readings
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