THE 2016 STELLA PRIZE
Charlotte has won the 2016 Stella Prize for The Natural Way of Things.
It was announced on Tuesday 19 April at the Sydney Opera House. Read about the prize and what it means for writers here. All photos credited to Connor Tomas O'Brien: connortomas.com. Charlotte's acceptance speech is here.
THE INDIE BOOK OF THE YEAR: The Natural Way of Things won the 2016 Indie Book of the Year Award and the award for fiction, chosen by Australian Independent Booksellers. Read Charlotte's tribute to our indie bookstores and what they mean for Australian writers and readers here.
MILES FRANKLIN: The Natural Way of Things has been longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2016.
THE KIBBLE AWARD:The Natural Way of Things has been longlisted for the 2016 Kibble Award.
ABIA LONGLIST: The Natural Way of Things has been longlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards Literary Fiction Book of the Year prize.
ABA NELSON BOOKDATA BOOKSELLER'S CHOICE AWARD: The Natural Way of Things has been shortlisted for the 2016 award. Details here.
GEORGIA BLAIN: The Sydney Morning Herald
Charlotte's portrait of the writer Georgia Blain and her new novels.
FILM RIGHTS: The Natural Way of Things feature film rights have been acquired by independent producers Katia Nizic & Emma Dockery. More details at the film website here, http://thenaturalwayofthingsfilm.com
PORTRAIT: The Saturday Paper
Charlotte's portrait of theatre director Anne-Louise Sarks.
PORTRAIT: The Saturday Paper
Charlotte's portrait of the abstract painter Ann Thomson.
"At once brutal and beautiful ... Surreal yet intensely vivid, the novel is disturbing and enthralling .. An absorbing plot, lyrical prose, and discomfiting imagery makes Wood's novel decidedly gripping."
- Kirkus Reviews
'The Natural Way of Things is a virtuoso performance, plotted deftly through a minefield of potential traps, weighted with allegory yet swift and sure in its narrative advance. As an idea for a novel, it’s rich, and to achieve that idea the writer has been courageous. Her control of this story is masterful.'
- Rosemary Sorensen, The Sydney Review of Books
'I have not had enough time to properly take in Charlotte Wood’s fifth novel, The Natural Way of Things. It’s like digesting a living creature, one with claws still intact ... if Wood is concerned with investigating and condemning masculine violence, both in its overt manifestations and those encoded in the structure of contemporary culture, she is too much of an artist to reduce her critique to a simple binary ... the final effect is stunning.'
- AF, The Saturday Paper
'This is an extraordinary novel: inspired, powerful, at once coherent and dreamlike ... The Natural Way of Things recalls all the reading you've ever done on the subjects of capture, isolation, incarceration, totalitarianism, misogyny, and the abuse of power. It's thought-provoking in all directions.'
- Kerryn Goldsworthy, The Sydney Morning Herald / The Age
'I gobbled up Charlotte Wood’s The Natural Way of Things in one sitting – it’s incredible, very chilling ... The vibe is Margaret Atwood meets Wake in Fright. It’s a rollicking read and unashamedly political. It explores how power, the media and the judiciary fight back when they are attacked. How they work against women is laid bare. You won’t look at the world the same after reading this book.'
- Brigid Delaney, The Guardian
'Part of the triumph of The Natural Way of Things is how it makes this nightmarish scenario feel not just possible but plausible. In part, that is a function of the novel’s horrifyingly acute distillation of the ways in which contemporary society makes women culpable for the very systems that repress them ... It offers a confronting reminder of just how deeply inscribed the codes and structures that ensure women’s subjugation are – the degree to which they are, as the novel’s title would have it, the natural way of things.'
- James Bradley, The Monthly
'Riveting ... the kind of book you inhale in a sitting. It leaves you woozy and disoriented, surprised to find yourself in mundane surroundings rather than sweltering in the desert heat'
- The Saturday Paper
'It’s rare to pick up a novel and from the opening pages be not only gripped by the story on the page but also by the keenness of the intelligence and audacity of the imagination at work ... one hell of a novel by one of our most original and provocative writers.'
- Stephen Romei, The Weekend Australian
" Bold, provocative, startling and thoughtful, The Natural Way of Things is what fiction should be."
- Kylie Mason, The Newtown Review of Books
'A work that will haunt the reader with its poetry and the stark truths buried within Wood’s brilliant exploration of a toxic culture in extremis.'
- Portia Lindsay, The Australian
"A unique and hypnotising work ... an unforgettable story. Wood is a gifted and inventive writer whose characters shock and surprise. Five stars."
- Anastasia Gonis, Good Reading magazine