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The Natural Way of Things


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An explosively provocative exploration of contemporary misogyny and corporate control by one of Australia's most acclaimed writers.

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Charlotte Wood is the author of four novels and a book of non-fiction, and editor of The Writer's Room Interviews magazine. Her last novel, Animal People, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and her other books have been shortlisted for many prizes including the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction. The Australian described her as 'one of our finest and most chameleonic writers'. She lives in Sydney.


This is not psychological fiction but a horror parable; a portrait not of people, but of tendencies. Seen as mythical archetypes, the characters are only too frighteningly real...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. Guardian A haunting parable of contemporary misogyny...Ms Wood's writing is direct and spare, yet capable of bursting with unexpected beauty. Economist This is an extraordinary novel: inspired, powerful, at once coherent and dreamlike. Sydney Morning Herald, Best Books of 2015 A confronting and blazing read... A novel to provoke thought, conversation, disgust, anger and concern, 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. Weekend Australian A virtuoso performance, plotted deftly through a minefield of potential traps, weighted with allegory yet swift and sure in its narrative advance. -- Rosemary Sorensen Sydney Review of Books A dystopian fable, both gripping and lyrical. The Saturday Age, Best Books of 2015 A moving, mesmerising and brilliantly topical interrogation of misogyny that demands to be read at a sitting. Adelaide Advertiser Bold, provocative, startling and insightful, The Natural Way of Things is what fiction should be. The Newtown Review of Books [A] Confronting, confounding novel of mysteriously kidnapped and imprisoned women. The Australian, Best Books of 2015 The kind of book you inhale in a sitting... Stark prose and unrelenting pace. The Saturday Paper, Best Books of 2015 How each character copes with their unusual incarceration is fascinating. The language is beautiful... Charlotte Wood's is a unique, original voice that soothes and shocks in equal measures in this pitch-perfect dystopian nightmare. Townsville Bulletin Exposing the threads of misogyny, cowardice and abuses of power embedded in contemporary society, this is a confronting, sometimes deeply painful novel to read. With an unflinching eye and audacious imagination, Charlotte Wood carries us from a nightmare of helplessness and despair to a fantasy of revenge and reckoning. Guardian

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