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The Life to Come

Michelle de Kretser



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Allen & Unwin
27 September 2017
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Miles Franklin Literary Award


ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— This is an episodic novel in five parts, with different characters to the fore, though the reader realises that one in particular is always there. Looping round Sydney, with diversions to Paris and connections to Sri Lanka, this is an elegant examination of modern life’s inability to create intimacy, despite all the ways we can connect technologically. Full of wise observations and arresting images, this masterful novel is a pleasure to read. Lindy Jones


"I so much admire Michelle de Kretser's formidable technique - her characters feel alive, and she can create a sweeping narrative which encompasses years, and yet still retain the sharp, almost hallucinatory detail." Hilary Mantel

"Michelle de Kretser knows how to construct a gripping story. She writes quickly and lightly of wonderful and terrible things... A master storyteller." A S Byatt

Set in Sydney, Paris and Sri Lanka, The Life to Come is a mesmerising novel about the stories we tell and don't tell ourselves as individuals, as societies and as nations. It feels at once firmly classic and exhilaratingly contemporary.

Pippa is a writer who longs for success. Celeste tries to convince herself that her feelings for her married lover are reciprocated. Ash makes strategic use of his childhood in Sri Lanka, but blots out the memory of a tragedy from that time. Driven by riveting stories and unforgettable characters, here is a dazzling meditation on intimacy, loneliness and our flawed perception of other people.

Profoundly moving as well as bitingly funny, The Life to Come reveals how the shadows cast by both the past and the future can transform, distort and undo the present. This extraordinary novel by Miles Franklin-winning author Michelle de Kretser will strike to your soul.

The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser
By:   Michelle de Kretser
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   480g
ISBN:   9781760296568
ISBN 10:   1760296562
Pages:   520
Publication Date:   27 September 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was 14. Educated in Melbourne and Paris, Michelle has worked as a university tutor, an editor and a book reviewer. She is the author of The Rose Grower, The Hamilton Case, which won the Commonwealth Prize (SE Asia and Pacific region) and the UK Encore Prize, and The Lost Dog, which was widely praised by writers such as AS Byatt, Hilary Mantel and William Boyd and won a swag of awards, including: the 2008 NSW Premier's Book of the Year Award and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, and the 2008 ALS Gold Medal. The Lost Dog was also shortlisted for the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, the Western Australian Premier's Australia-Asia Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Asia-Pacific Region) and Orange Prize's Shadow Youth Panel. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her last novel, Questions of Travel, received 14 honours, including winning the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award.

  • Long-listed for Indie Book Awards - Fiction 2018 (Australia)
  • Long-listed for Literary Fiction Book of the Year - Australian Book Industry Awards 2018 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Kibble Literary Prize 2018 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2018 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Stella Prize 2018 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Victorian Premier's Literary Awards - Fiction 2018 (Australia)

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