NEWS & EVENTS
BETTER READ THAN DEAD MILES FRANKLIN EVENT:
6.30pm Wed 27 July - BRTD in conversation with Charlotte and AS Patric about their Miles Franklin shortlisted books - details here.
BYRON BAY WRITERS' FESTIVAL: August 5-7
MUDGEE READERS' FESTIVAL: August 13-14
AUTHORS UP THE CROSS: Kings Cross Library, 6.30pm Tue August 16 in conversation with Geordie Williamson about The Writer's Room - contact Potts Point Bookshop for details.
MARRICKVILLE LIBRARY: 7.30pm Thurs 18 August - The Writer's Room
MELBOURNE WRITERS' FESTIVAL: Aug 26-Sept 4
CANBERRA WRITERS' FESTIVAL: August 26-28
THE WRITER'S ROOM
The Writer's Room: Conversations about Writing will be published in August 2016. Click here for more details.
The Natural Way of Things has been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2016.
CHARLES PERKINS CENTRE WRITER IN RESIDENCE
Charlotte has been named the inaugural Charles Perkins Centre writer-in-residence at the University of Sydney. This groundbreaking collaboration, made possible by the extraordinary generosity of Judy Harris and the CPC, brings together science, health and literature - more details here. A Sydney Morning Herald article on the fellowship is here.
THE 2016 STELLA PRIZE
The Natural Way of Things won the 2016 Stella Prize, announced on Tuesday 19 April at the Sydney Opera House. Read about the prize and what it means for writers here. 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.
The Natural Way of Things won the Reader's Choice award in the category of literary fiction for the Australian Book Industry Awards.
THE KIBBLE AWARD
The Natural Way of Things was longlisted for the 2016 Kibble Award.
ABA NIELSEN BOOKDATA BOOKSELLER'S CHOICE AWARD:
The Natural Way of Things was 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.
'A haunting parable of contemporary misogyny, The Natural Way of Things ... is The Handmaid’s Tale for our age of sensational media and reality television. Like Margaret Atwood’s dark vision of religious dictatorship, it is a preview of what could happen to women who rock the boat, resisting predation or asserting their own sexual freedom ... Like the surreal prison itself, Ms Wood’s writing is direct and spare, yet capable of bursting with unexpected beauty ... The sly and devastating ending makes the point: Ladies, you have been warned.'
- The Economist
'Wood takes apart the mentality of patriarchy not with a scalpel, but an axe. However, the axe cuts deep ... The Natural Way of Things is chillingly dark and unfashionably didactic. But it’s also compulsively readable, and bears its load of significance with effortless power. The fury of contemporary feminism may have found its masterpiece of horror.'
- The Guardian
'The latest from Australian novelist Wood is allegory at its best, a phantasmagoric portrait of modern culture's sexual politics textured by psychological realism and sparing lyricism.'
- Publisher's Weekly
'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
'With echoes of Kafka and The Lord of the Flies ... Wood's raw and complex story delves into themes of friendship as two of the imprisoned form a strong yet unconventional bond through their survival efforts. It also depicts the tyranny of misogyny with the same coarse grit and degradation that scours women around the globe, while simultaneously spotlighting their courage and fortitude. Uncomfortably bold, The Natural Way of Things is an everywoman's hero tale.'
- Shelf Awareness (starred review)
'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