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Charlotte Wood

Charlotte Wood

Charlotte Wood is the author of five novels and a book of non-fiction, and for three years edited The Writer's Room Interviews magazine. The Natural Way of Things won the 2016 Stella Prize, Indie Book of the Year, and Indie Fiction Book of the Year prizes. It was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. It will soon be published in the UK , North America and Europe.

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Australian author Charlotte Wood has been awarded this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction for her poetic dystopian novel THE NATURAL WAY OF THINGS.

Latest reviews

  • The Natural Way of Things — "Charlotte Wood’s riveting, nightmarish new novel"
    — PRISM International, Feb 9 2017
  • The Natural Way of Things was named a #BrazosBest of 2016 Brazos Bookstore!
    — Brazos Bookstore, Jan 20 2017
  • “A feminist dystopia/horror novel, Wood has an uncanny ability to render brutality with elegance, resisting the pure spectacle of pain. It’s simultaneously a difficult and enlightening read.”
    — Jezebel, Dec 15 2016
  • “Exploring what it means to hunt and be hunted, this book is vicious and prescient and astonishingly visceral...A Handmaid’s Tale for end times, this is an important book about contemporary femininity.”
    — The Believer, Dec 15 2016
  • The Natural Way of Things Is a Prescient Feminist Horror Novel You Need to Read
    — Jezebel, Nov 30 2016
  • "Beautiful and savage – think Atwood in the outback."
    — Paula Hawkins, author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, Nov 27 2016
  • THE NATURAL WAY OF THINGS was named on of The Guardian's "Best Books of 2016!"
    — The Guardian, Nov 26 2016
  • ..."reminiscent of Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale"
    — Book du Jour, Oct 19 2016
  • ...The Natural Way of Things, a work that takes the reality of misogyny and toxic cultural notions about women’s sexuality and very bluntly bulldozes those ideas, is exactly what we should be reading right now."
    — Full Stop Magazine, Oct 6 2016
  • "Yes, The Natural Way of Things may keep you up at night. However, and more importantly, it’ll make you think hard about how society treats women’s bodies and desires."
    — Raven Bookstore, Sep 12 2016
  • " It is gruelling to read, shattering. It is important."
    — The Guardian Australia, Aug 25 2016
  • “[Wood’s] short, gripping book begins as an allegory of thuggish misogyny then evolves into a far stranger and more challenging feminist parable.”—John Powers
    — Fresh Air, Jul 26 2016
  • “Ms Wood’s writing is direct and spare, yet capable of bursting with unexpected beauty...The most chilling aspect of Ms Wood’s premise is its plausibility."
    — The Economist, Jul 23 2016
  • "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."
    — Shelf Awareness, Jul 6 2016
  • "Wood takes apart the mentality of patriarchy not with a scalpel, but an axe...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, Jun 22 2016
  • "It is, unfortunately, never a bad time to discuss the persistence of violence committed against women, and the perceived ownership of women’s bodies. Wood comes at the issue with a fresh, thrilling perspective..."
    — Huffington Post, Jun 8 2016
  • "[THE NATURAL WAY OF THINGS] is allegory at its best, a phantasmagoric portrait of modern culture's sexual politics textured by psychological realism and sparing lyricism."
    — Publishers Weekly, Jun 6 2016
  • The Natural Way of Things is both harrowing and gorgeous. [...] I feel as if I’ve been witness to the most terrible injustice, but also the most astonishing beauty.
    — Fiona McFarlane, author of THE HIGH PLACES, Jun 1 2016
  • "Wood effectively renders the captors’ brutality and the women’s Lord-of-the-Flies struggle to survive. But it’s the eventual bonding (particularly between Yolanda and the somehow familiar Verla) that is the novel’s triumph."
    — Library Journal, Apr 15 2016
  • An engrossing novel set in the barren Australian Outback in which women are held captive, victims of a violently misogynist system.
    — Kirkus Reviews, Apr 15 2016


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