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
A MIND OF ONE'S OWN SYDNEY WORKSHOP - 2016
Alison Manning of A Mind of One's Own & Charlotte are taking bookings for a 2-day Sydney workshop on March 19-20 2016, on how to get the best from your writing self, banish procrastination & manage self-doubt and other demons. Details, participants' responses and bookings here.
Jen Fleming of ABC Radio interviewed Charlotte & Alison about their work - listen here.
THE STELLA PRIZE: The Natural Way of Things has been long listed for the 2016 Stella Prize for Women's Writing. Details here.
PORTRAIT: The Saturday Paper
Charlotte's portrait of theatre director Anne-Louise Sarks.
THE INDIE BOOK AWARDS
The Natural Way of Things has been shortlisted for the 2016 Indie Book Awards in the fiction category. Details here.
THE WRITER'S ROOM INTERVIEWS
Our final edition of the magazine has been published, featuring
Christos Tsiolkas. Thank you for all your support! Stay tuned for developments about these interviews later in the year.
PORTRAIT: The Saturday Paper
Charlotte's portrait of the abstract painter Ann Thomson.
THE NATURAL WAY OF THINGS - MEDIA
THE SATURDAY PAPER: Best three books of 2015
THE MONTHLY: James Bradley's review
FIVE OF THE BEST: Readers voted The Natural Way of Things into ABC TV's The Book Club Five of the Best for 2015.
2SER RADIO: With Andrew Pople on Final Draft
ZED BOOK CLUB: With Sky Kirkham on 4ZZZ
THE BOOK CLUB ABC TV: Panel discussion of The Natural Way of Things - watch online
THE SATURDAY PAPER: Profile by Sarah Price
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD / THE AGE: Kerryn Goldsworthy's review.
SYDNEY REVIEW OF BOOKS: Rosemary Sorensen's incisive, rigorous review of The Natural Way of Things.
THE SATURDAY PAPER: The Natural Way of Things reviewed here.
SYDNEY ABC RADIO DRIVE: Richard Glover talks to me about The Natural Way of Things
THE AUSTRALIAN: A review by Portia Lindsay
BOOKS & ARTS DAILY: Kate Evans interviewed me for the Radio National program here. A longer version was broadcast on BooksPlus here.
THE NEWTOWN REVIEW OF BOOKS: Kylie Mason review here.
DEVOTED ECLECTIC: Writer Elizabeth Lhuede reviews The Natural Way of Things on her blog.
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD: Susan Wyndham interviewed me about The Natural Way of Things
THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN: Literary editor Stephen Romei on The Natural Way of Things.
ANNE SUMMERS REPORTS: Caroline Baum interviewed me about
The Natural Way of Things here.
'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