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Wonders of a Godless World

Andrew McGahan

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Allen & Unwin
01 August 2010
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Aurealis Award
On an unnamed island, in a Gothic hospital sitting in the shadow of a volcano, a wordless orphan girl works on the wards housing the insane and the incapable. When a silent, unmoving and unnerving new patient - a foreigner - arrives at the hospital, strange phenomena occur, bizarre murders take place, and the lives of the patients and the island's inhabitants are thrown into turmoil. What happens between them is an extraordinary exploration of consciousness, reality and madness.

Wonders of a Godless World from Miles Franklin-winner Andrew McGahan, is a huge and dramatic beast of a book. It is a thought-provoking investigation into character and consciousness, a powerful cautionary tale, and a head-stretching fable about the earth, nature and the power of the mind. It is utterly unlike anything you've read before - it will take you by the shoulders and hold you in its grip to its nerve-tingling finale.
By:   Andrew McGahan
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 199mm
Weight:   320g
ISBN:   9781742373676
ISBN 10:   1742373674
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   01 August 2010
Recommended Age:   From
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Andrew McGahan's first novel, Praise (1992), was winner of The Australian/Vogel Literary Award. He is also the author of the novels 1988, Last Drinks and Underground. In 2004, The White Earth was published and went on to win the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

  • Winner of Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 2009 (United States)

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