The Natural Way of Things

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by Charlotte Wood

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/10/2015

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She hears her own thick voice deep inside her ears when she says, 'I need to know where I am.'
The man stands there, tall and narrow, hand still on the doorknob, surprised.
He says, almost in sympathy, 'Oh, sweetie. You need to know what you are.'

Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in a broken-down property in the middle of nowhere. Strangers to each other, they have no idea where they are or how they came to be there with eight other girls, forced to wear strange uniforms, their heads shaved, guarded by two inept yet vicious armed jailers and a 'nurse'.

The girls all have something in common, but what is it?

What crime has brought them here from the city?

Who is the mysterious security company responsible for this desolate place with its brutal rules, its total isolation from the contemporary world?

Doing hard labour under a sweltering sun, the prisoners soon learn what links them: in each girl's past is a sexual scandal with a powerful man. They pray for rescue -- but when the food starts running out it becomes clear that the jailers have also become the jailed. The girls can only rescue themselves.

The Natural Way of Things is a gripping, starkly imaginative exploration of contemporary misogyny and corporate control, and of what it means to hunt and be hunted. Most of all, it is the story of two friends, their sisterly love and courage.

With extraordinary echoes of The Handmaid's Tale and Lord of the Flies, The Natural Way of Things is a compulsively readable, scarifying and deeply moving contemporary novel. It confirms Charlotte Wood's position as one of our most thoughtful, provocative and fearless truth-tellers, as she unflinchingly reveals us and our world to ourselves.

Joint Winner of the 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction
Winner of the 2016 Stella Prize
Winner, Indie Book of the Year 2016 
Winner, Indie Book Awards - Best Fiction, 2016 
Shortlisted for the 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award

Featured in our Best Books of 2015

'As a man, to read it is as unsettling as receiving one piece of bad news after another. It is confronting. Yet anyone who reads it, man or woman, is going to be left with a sense that a long-hidden truth has been revealed to them. The Natural Way of Things is a brave, brilliant book. I would defy anyone to read it and not come out a changed person.' Malcolm Knox, author of The Wonder Lover

'This is a stunning exploration of ambiguities - of power, of morality, of judgment. With a fearless clarity, Wood's elegantly spare and brutal prose dissects humanity, hatreds, our ambivalent capacities for friendship and betrayal, and the powerful appearance - always - of moments of grace and great beauty. The book's ending undid me through the shape of the world it reveals as much as its revisions of escape and survival. It will not leave you easily; it took my breath away.' Ashley Hay, author of The Railwayman's Wife

About the Author
The Australian newspaper has described Charlotte Wood as "one of our most original and provocative writers.' She is the author of five novels and a book of non- fiction. Her latest novel, The Natural Way of Things, won the 2016 Indie Book of the Year and Indie Fiction Book of the Year prizes, has been shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. It will be published in the UK and North America in 2016. Charlotte was also editor of the short story anthology Brothers and Sisters, and for three years edited The Writer's Room Interviews magazine. Her work has been shortlisted for various prizes including the Christina Stead, Kibble and Miles Franklin Awards. Two novels - The Children and The Natural Way of Things - have been optioned for feature films.

ISBN:
9781760111236
9781760111236
Category:
Fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-10-2015
Publisher:
ALLEN & UNWIN
Edition:
1st Edition
Pages:
320
Dimensions (mm):
208x153x25mm
Weight:
0.38kg
Charlotte Wood

The Australian newspaper has described Charlotte Wood as 'one of our most original and provocative writers'. She is the author of five novels and a book of non- fiction.

Her latest novel, The Natural Way of Things, won the 2016 Stella, Indie Book of the Year and Indie Fiction Book of the Year prizes, and has been shortlisted the Victorian Premier's Literary Miles Franklin Awards. It will be published in the UK and North America in 2016. Charlotte was also editor of the short story anthology Brothers and Sisters, and for three years edited The Writer's Room Interviews magazine.

Her work has been shortlisted for various prizes including the Christina Stead, Kibble and Miles Franklin Awards. Two novels - The Children and The Natural Way of Things - have been optioned for feature films.

Photo: Wendy McDougall

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  • Bleak and disappointing

    by on

    I read reviews of this book and looked forward to reading it. I was a bit disappointed as it seemed to lack something that I couldn't put my finger on. Very bleak, sparse and (confession) a bit boring.

  • Powerful Writing

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    An allegorical punch in the face littered with horrible beauty. Wood is perhaps so angry at the helm of this novel that the ending is implosive. That doesn't mean I don't love it!

    Imagine Virginia Woolf, Margaret Atwood and a group of dragons got into some kind of literary bar brawl. This is that book.

  • Does not live up to all the hype.

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    Disappointed in this book and wished I'd waited for my local library to get this in rather than buy it.
    If you read all the reviews that are currently published on the web, then that's nearly the full story, there's not much more in the book to read about really. I did not find this a nice read, I found it quite unpleasant actually and the ending is poor. This book is trying to relay a message - but I think it fails to do so in a satisfactory way.

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