Australian author <a href=”http://libcatalogue.hurstville.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/OPAC/BIBENQ/4522111?QRY=CAUBIBRichard Flanagan has won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Described by the judges as being “profound and often harrowing,” Flanagan’s novel is about Australian soldiers working as POWs on the Burma Railway. Flanagan is the fourth Australian to win the prestigious award; the others being Thomas Keneally for Schindlers’s Ark (1982), <a href=”http://libcatalogue.hurstville.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/OPAC/BIBENQ/4522184?QRY=CAUBIBPeter Carey for Oscar and Lucinda (1988) and True History of the Kelly Gang (2001) and <a href=”http://libcatalogue.hurstville.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/OPAC/BIBENQ/4522325?QRY=CAUBIBDBC Pierre for Vernon God Little (2003).
The other novels shortlisted for this year’s award are:
- To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by <a href=”http://libcatalogue.hurstville.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/OPAC/BIBENQ/4522471?QRY=CAUBIBKaren Joy Fowler
- J by Howard Jacobson
- The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee
- How to be Both by <a href=”http://libcatalogue.hurstville.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/OPAC/BIBENQ/4522491?QRY=CAUBIBAli Smith
All of which are available at Hurstville City Library.